Bicyclist in fatal crash ID’d, police seeking 2nd driver

Johnathan Herlein
An undated courtesy photo of Johnathan Herlein. (Facebook)


HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) —  Holland police are searching for a second driver after a deadly crash involving a bicyclist on Wednesday.

It happened around 4:53 a.m. on Waverly Road between 24th and 32nd streets, according to a Holland Department of Public Safety news release.

Officers have identified the bicyclist as 20-year-old Johnathan Herlein. Police said he was wearing dark clothing at the time of the crash.

Police said Herlein was heading south in the southbound lane when he was hit by a vehicle driven by a 23-year-old man. After the first crash, investigators believe the bicyclist was struck by a white SUV that fled the scene.

“The first vehicle stopped in the roadway with its four-way flashers on shortly after the first hit happened. He stopped in order to call 911 and that’s when the person was struck a second time by the other vehicle,” Sgt. Jon Boeve told 24 Hour News 8.

Boeve said the first driver described the second vehicle as speeding through the area.

Another witness called investigators Wednesday afternoon describing the second car as a white SUV. Detectives are hoping that extra detail will whittle down potential leads.

“It definitely narrows things down there. Maybe someone who works in the area or lives in the area that may walk past a white SUV every day going from their car to the door, whatever it may be. That may be able to help us out,” Boeve explained.

Waverly Road was shut down between 24th and 32nd streets for more than two hours while authorities investigated the crash.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call the Holland Department of Public Safety at 616.355.1100 or email investigators at policetips@cityofholland.com.

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