• June 27, 2022

Motorcyclist Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler on I-94B in Kalamazoo County, MI

Kalamazoo, MI — June 24, 2022, a motorcyclist died in a collision with a tractor-trailer on Business Interstate 94 in Kalamazoo County.

According to reports the incident happened shortly after 7:00 a.m. on westbound Business I-94 at Sprinkle Road. Preliminary investigation suggests only that a westbound semi-truck driving on I-94B hit a motorcyclist headed south on Sprinkle.

The motorcycle rider, reportedly wearing a helmet at the time, suffered fatal injuries in the crash. No other injuries were reported.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Truck Accident on I-94B near Kalamazoo

In a situation with few obvious preliminary details, it's crucial to ensure the investigators in charge have the experience and prudence not to jump to conclusions or overlook anything important. That may sound obvious, but folks would be shocked how many times I've seen police make incorrect assumptions simply because a victim was on a motorcycle. Folks are often much too quick to blame motorcyclists, and that tendency sometimes keeps important details from being learned after a wreck.

Motorcyclist Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler on I-94B in Kalamazoo County, MI

For example, I handled a situation not long ago where police said a motorcyclist was speeding and weaving through traffic when he hit a semi. His family knew he wasn't that reckless and asked us to look again. Ultimately, the evidence we found showed the police messed up.

As we investigated we spoke to the primary witness police mentioned in their reports. He was stunned to see how grossly he was misquoted. All he told them was that the motorcyclist passed him on the left, then went back to the right. That's perfectly reasonable and legal. It was actually the semi-truck coming out of a parking lot that caused the collision, and forensic evidence from the scene corroborated that.

I'm not suggest anything like that happened in Michigan. My point is just that getting the truth often requires more thorough investigations than police have the time or patience to conduct. A family looking for answers deserves to know they're getting the full story, which is why I emphasize the importance of independent investigations after serious truck wrecks. This crash seems like no exception.

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