Motorcyclist killed in wreck in Walker

A crash at the intersection of Wilson Avenue and Butterworth Street in Walker. (Sept. 4, 2014)

WALKER, Mich. (WOOD) — A motorcyclist was killed in a crash in southern Walker Thursday night.

The wreck happened around 9:30 p.m. at the intersection of Wilson Avenue SW and Butterworth Street.

Walker Police Department Sgt. Keith Mankel said an SUV was headed south when its driver, a 46-year-old Grandville woman, stopped at a flashing red light and then attempted to make a left turn. Mankel said the driver didn’t see the motorcycle, which was northbound on Wilson, and the vehicles collided.

The motorcyclist, 25-year-old Timothy Devries, was pronounced dead at the scene, Mankel said.

Alcohol does not appear to have been a factor, police say. Investigators are still working to determine whether speed was a factor.

Police said Devries was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

The driver of the car was not cited on the scene. Mankel said that after police finish their investigation, the case will be sent to the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office. Prosecutors will determine whether charges are appropriate.

While both the east and westbound lanes of Wilson were shut down as police investigated the crash, another driver nearly plowed into the scene — despite numerous emergency vehicles with flashing lights and officers directing traffic.

That driver, whose name has not been released, was arrested immediately by police.

Reporter Joe LaFurgey will have more on the story on 24 Hour News 8 at Noon.


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