Motorcyclist, 72, seriously hurt in crash

Driver of other vehicle involved, 16, was on learner's permit

JAMESTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A motorcyclist was critically injured Sunday morning in crash south of Hudsonville.

The crash happened around 9:05 a.m. at the intersection of 32nd Avenue and Riley Street in Jamestown Township, according to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities say the driver of a minivan was headed west on Riley, stopped at the stop sign at 32nd and then proceeded into the intersection without seeing a northbound motorcycle.

The motorcycle hit the driver’s side of the minivan. The motorcyclist, 72-year-old Robert Townsend, was hospitalized with critical injuries. He was wearing a helmet.

The driver of the minivan was a 16-year-old who has a level 1 learner’s permit. His mother was the front-seat passenger and six of his family members were also in the minivan.

There were no reports of anyone in the minivan being hurt.

The crash remains under investigation.

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