Police: Motorcyclist injured after hitting car in downtown GR

Grand Rapids crash
Grand Rapids police lights reflect off the car and motorcycle involved in a Oct. 4, 2016 crash.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Police are investigating a crash that seriously injured a motorcyclist and shut down a major intersection in downtown Grand Rapids.

The crash happened around 9 p.m. Tuesday on Monroe Avenue NW, just north of Fulton Street near The B.O.B.

Police say a vehicle facing east on Fulton was waiting to turn left onto Monroe when a motorcycle traveling westbound on Fulton crashed into a car in the intersection. Authorities believe speed may have been a factor in the crash.

The motorcyclist, an 18-year-old man from Walker, was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital with serious injuries.

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Officers shut down Monroe Avenue from Pearl Street south to Fulton Street to investigate the crash. Westbound Fulton was still closed at Monroe Avenue three hours later.