Motorcyclist dies in Big Rapids Township crash

A motorcyclist died when he hit a truck as the truck turned in front of the him around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Full Story
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Chris

United States

#62 May 16, 2008
Julie wrote:
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I agree to an extent. I would always wear a helmet even if it weren't a law. But, if you're going 35mph or faster, sometimes even slower and hit the pavement a helmet is not going to save your life.
Yes, very true, but in my case, I know it saved me from more injury. My Dr. said he couldn't explain why I had no spinal or head injury, when some people who get hit at less impact can end up in bad shape.
It is just all in Gods hands. I am so thankful that for the wonderful fellow who this forum is about, that his wife was with so many Christian women....I am positive that they will continue to pray for her peace and healing.
Daughter

Saint Charles, IL

#63 May 16, 2008
Thank you so much, Sister in Christ for sharing. You made my night. We have been constantly amazed at how God placed all the right people in the right places at the right time. We definitely felt all your prayers. While it was very tough being the only family member in town at the time of the accident and being responsible for the decisions, I don't think I could have imagined a better place for Mom to be. I wouldn't have wanted her to be here to witness Dad and his condition. I would rather be the one to take it upon myself.

As for the accident itself, I want to clarify a few things to those who are unclear. First of all, nobody was to blame. It was an absolute blind hill. The truck was turning into a driveway when my dad came over the hill (going the speed limit). It was all in the timing. In the ER, after my dad was pronounced, I made certain the deputy knew to tell the truck driver that I hold no grudges and no anger. This is something he will have to heal from and it isn't going to be easy. I have no ill feelings towards him whatsoever. This was not a typical car vs bike accident. God just called Dad home. He is in a much better place now. While I am absolutely crushed inside, someday the message will get from my head to my heart. Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers.

Since: May 08

United States

#64 May 17, 2008
Daughter wrote:
Thank you so much, Sister in Christ for sharing. You made my night. We have been constantly amazed at how God placed all the right people in the right places at the right time. We definitely felt all your prayers. While it was very tough being the only family member in town at the time of the accident and being responsible for the decisions, I don't think I could have imagined a better place for Mom to be. I wouldn't have wanted her to be here to witness Dad and his condition. I would rather be the one to take it upon myself.
As for the accident itself, I want to clarify a few things to those who are unclear. First of all, nobody was to blame. It was an absolute blind hill. The truck was turning into a driveway when my dad came over the hill (going the speed limit). It was all in the timing. In the ER, after my dad was pronounced, I made certain the deputy knew to tell the truck driver that I hold no grudges and no anger. This is something he will have to heal from and it isn't going to be easy. I have no ill feelings towards him whatsoever. This was not a typical car vs bike accident. God just called Dad home. He is in a much better place now. While I am absolutely crushed inside, someday the message will get from my head to my heart. Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers.
God Bless You!
Friend in Ohio

Sunbury, OH

#65 May 21, 2008
Daughter wrote:
Thank you so much, Sister in Christ for sharing. You made my night. We have been constantly amazed at how God placed all the right people in the right places at the right time. We definitely felt all your prayers. While it was very tough being the only family member in town at the time of the accident and being responsible for the decisions, I don't think I could have imagined a better place for Mom to be. I wouldn't have wanted her to be here to witness Dad and his condition. I would rather be the one to take it upon myself.
As for the accident itself, I want to clarify a few things to those who are unclear. First of all, nobody was to blame. It was an absolute blind hill. The truck was turning into a driveway when my dad came over the hill (going the speed limit). It was all in the timing. In the ER, after my dad was pronounced, I made certain the deputy knew to tell the truck driver that I hold no grudges and no anger. This is something he will have to heal from and it isn't going to be easy. I have no ill feelings towards him whatsoever. This was not a typical car vs bike accident. God just called Dad home. He is in a much better place now. While I am absolutely crushed inside, someday the message will get from my head to my heart. Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers.
A-
First, let me tell you again how sorry I am for your loss. Your dad was an amazing man and he touched the lives of so many people. He will be greatly missed but you are right, God called him home and he is in a much better place.

I have to tell you that my mom said that she was so proud of you and the way you handled things at the hospital. I can't even imagine the pain you were going through. But you stepped up while your mom was away and took care of things. That took great strength and courage.

Please do not let the negative comments of others discourage you. They were not there, they didn't know your dad. Your actions and words are being a great witness to your friends, children and even strangers who read your post. I hope that I would do the same if I were in your shoes. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you and your family.

I miss you,
E
wondering

Miami, FL

#66 May 24, 2008
jjcinmi wrote:
"Here we go again...
Another one not paying attention to bikes. The punishment can only be... Vehicular Manslaughter. 15 YEARS ! "
What a crock......most motorcycles act like they own the road - swerving in/out and taking too many chances. He was probably going way too fast for the conditions - not that he deserved this, but it probably wasn't the cars fault!
the guy was 64.. i highly doubt he was speeding, he was probably putting along enjoying the beautiful day.. and then wham.. he expected the truck to wait for him to pass... but the truck didnt.. only the driver of the truck can tell the real story.. and he knows if he is at fault or not...
nonjudgemental

Big Rapids, MI

#67 May 28, 2008
I cant even being to explain how sorry I am for the loss of your father. Now I dont know your family all that well. But I did know your uncle charlie. What a great man he was as well. I just want to say to those judgemental people you need to grow up. Stop being so quick to judge. If at one day this happens to you.. god rest your soul.
Country paths

Dayton, OH

#68 Jun 13, 2008
My condolences to your family.
Carol

Grand Rapids, MI

#69 Jun 13, 2008
So sorry to hear about your loss.
I believe however, that when your time "comes", it wouldn't have mattered if he was riding a bike, or driving a tank.
I just wish that when our number came "up", that those who are left behind didn't have to go through so much pain and heartache.
Your family is in my thoughts and prayers...
Lisa From Fennville

United States

#70 Jun 13, 2008
Bridge Card Holder wrote:
Sad .
Please Tell the world your are on welfare

Since: May 08

Saint Charles, IL

#71 Jun 15, 2008
Lisa From Fennville wrote:
<quoted text>Please Tell the world your are on welfare
Huh? What does that mean? Just curious...:o)

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