Officers ID bicyclist critically injured in crash

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) —  A Spring Lake man found unconscious in a ditch was still in critical condition Thursday, officers said.

Grand Haven Public Safety officers identified the man as Gregory Vancleave.

Officers believe Vancleave was bicycling on the Tri-Cities Connector bike path just south of the Spring Lake/Ferrysburg bridge when he crashed.

A witness who recently came forward told officers they were walking across the drawbridge when they saw Vancleave with a head wound, pushing his bicycle.  The witness asked Vancleave if he was OK and needed any help; Vancleave said he was OK and continued walking.

As the witness walked on, they spotted a pool of blood and a pair of sunglasses later identified as Vancleave’s.

Around 10:45 a.m., officers called to Harbor Island Drive just north of Coho Drive found Vancleave lying in a ditch with a severe head injury.

Vancleave was rushed to Mercy Health Hackley Hospital, where he remained Thursday.

Police haven’t made any final conclusions about what happened, but think Vancleave crashed his bike. There was no evidence indicating he was hit by a car.

The witness said a portion of the pathway was wet and extremely slippery the morning of the incident, which may have caused Vancleave to crash.

Officers had a hard time identifying Vancleave because he was not carrying identification and couldn’t speak.

Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to call Grand Haven police at (616) 842-3460.

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