Bicyclist hit by car crossing US-31, hospitalized

HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — A bicyclist was critically injured after being struck by a vehicle as he tried to cross US-31 near Holland.

The crash, in which a car struck a bicycle, happened around 1:15 p.m. Tuesday on northbound US-31 at James Street in Holland Township.

Witnesses told Ottawa County sheriff’s deputies that a bicyclist who was eastbound on James Street crossed the southbound lanes of the highway against the signal, went through the median and then continued into the northbound lanes, at which point he was struck by a car. Authorities say the driver of the car couldn’t avoid the crash.

The bicyclist, 52-year-old Douglas Kuker of Holland, was not conscious when he was rushed to Holland Hospital in critical condition. Police say he was not wearing a helmet.

The driver of the car, 48-year-old Sandra Voss of Holland, was also hospitalized with a minor injury. She was listed in stable condition.

Northbound US-31 was closed at James Street for nearly two hours as authorities investigated, but has since reopened.


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