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Motorcyclist injured last month near Traverse City has died: police

64-year-old was transported to Munson Medical Center after May 15 collision with SUV
Michigan State Police file photo

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY – Troopers from the Michigan State Police (MSP) Traverse City Post were dispatched to the scene of a serious injury crash on Garfield Road near 3 Mile Road in East Bay Township on May 15, 2024.

Preliminary investigations revealed the incident involved a collision between an SUV and a motorcycle. 

The SUV, operated by a 79-year-old man from Kalamazoo was reported to have entered Garfield Road from 3 Mile Road, intersecting the path of an oncoming motorcycle operated by a 64-year-old man from Traverse City. 

As a result of the collision the motorcyclist fell from their vehicle, sustaining life-threatening injuries.

The driver and his 74-year-old passenger in the SUV did not sustain any injuries during the crash.

The operator of the motorcycle was transported to Munson Medical Center in Traverse City with life-threatening injuries.

The 64-year-old driver of motorcycle succumbed to his injuries sustained from the crash.

This incident is still under investigation, and it is unknown if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash.