Second rider dies after Barry Co. crash involving deer

JOHNSTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Barry County sheriff’s deputies say a man and woman died after their motorcycle crashed into a deer.

The crash happened at 6:55 p.m. Tuesday on Pifer Road between Banfield Road and M-37 in Johnstown Township.

Deputies say the driver, 39-year-old Michael Edwards of Battle Creek, died at the scene. His passenger, 19-year-old Kiley E. Wiegand of Battle Creek, was taken to a hospital were she also died from her injuries.

Authorities say both riders were not wearing a helmet.

Deputies do not know if drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash, but say speed does not appear to be a factor.