BREAKING NEWS: Motorcyclist killed in crash with semi

A man on a motorcycle was killed Wednesday afternoon in a collision with a semi, according to police. Full Story
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Jennifer

Escanaba, MI

#22 Aug 9, 2007
Set aside the fact that Mike was an office...for just one minute and put yourself in the shoes of any one of us that are suffering during the horrible and most unexpected time. I can speak from very personal experience with the Winchester family that this should not have happened...not to Mike and certainly not this young of age. Michael Winchester was a wonderful man, not only dedicated to his career, but especially to his family and friends. His impact on my life will NEVER be forgotten! May thanks go out to all who have been praying for everyone affected by this terrible loss! May you rest in peace Mike and we will see you on the other side!

Since: Jul 07

Grandville

#23 Aug 9, 2007
I am wondering a few things now. I saw the pictures on the news. The motorcycle was ripped in half. The tire was torn off the truck. The rim was mangled. This kind of damage does not happen when doing the speed limit posted for that area.
Just how fast was he going?
Jack

Holland, MI

#24 Aug 9, 2007
so he is dead now!
Jamie

Grand Rapids, MI

#25 Aug 9, 2007
Tom wrote:
What about the poor trucker who has to live with the fact that he played some part in another persons death, he has been interrogated and had every aspect of his equipment and his life going back 8 days picked over and scrutinized. Unless there was equipment failure on the motorcycle or a medical condition on the rider, anyone who rides can tell you that control of a bike is not just "lost". if that had been an "ordinary" citizen on that bike you can bet that the article would have said ( speed appears to have been a factor and police are awaiting the results of toxicology tests before determining a cause). Any loss of life is tragic, the occupation of the deceased should not be a factor in the level of symapthy and press they recieve. My deepest sympathy to the families of both the truck driver and the law enforcement officer.
My sympathy also, I agree with Tom.
Reality Check

Flint, MI

#26 Aug 9, 2007
Doug Cox wrote:
I am wondering a few things now. I saw the pictures on the news. The motorcycle was ripped in half. The tire was torn off the truck. The rim was mangled. This kind of damage does not happen when doing the speed limit posted for that area.
Just how fast was he going?
A sudden, head-on impact with a semi truck should explain it. I understand he just received his motorcycle learner's permit and may have been riding a new motorcycle that had never driven before. He was a great guy, optimistic and law abiding.
The fact of the matter

United States

#27 Aug 9, 2007
Many of you have sit here and commented on how fast was he going, well just because he was an officer is why this is in the media. The fact of the matter is... Mike was a wonderful man, he lost his life and now his loved one's have to mourn him. People if this was your family member and you were reading all of these horrible things people were asking and saying on this site, what would you do. It comes down to a person lost his life, a family is grieving, my sister lost her best friend and the love of her life,a trucker has to try and comprehend this horrible incident in which he had no control over and a best friend has to remember his friend passing away on that horrible day. Please do not come to this site to bash, question or say harsh words. Believe it or not, there are good officers out there and just because one died on his bike does not mean he was doing anything wrong. He was too young to die and it does not matter know what happened, what matters is he was taken away from The Winchester's, from my little sister, from his friends and family who loved him.
Jenna

Riverdale, MI

#28 Aug 10, 2007
My deepest sympathies to the family and friends of all involved. How terribly sad that another good officer has been lost.
Jenna

Riverdale, MI

#29 Aug 10, 2007
Amanda,

I went and looked at your site. Its great! What a beautiful and touching site you have put together. Thank you!
mariah

United States

#30 Aug 10, 2007
Doug Cox wrote:
I am wondering a few things now. I saw the pictures on the news. The motorcycle was ripped in half. The tire was torn off the truck. The rim was mangled. This kind of damage does not happen when doing the speed limit posted for that area.
Just how fast was he going?
I wonder how a great guy like Mike is gone and an idiot like you goes on and on leaving worthless comments in life,
Tom

Grand Rapids, MI

#31 Aug 10, 2007
In Michigan, a motorcycle endorsement learners permit only allows the rider to operate his bike in the presence of another legally liscensed rider.It would seem then that as the articles did not mention any other rider as having been there, the this gentleman was in violation of the law. I hope that someone completley investigates this. While this in no way mitigates the tragedy that has happend. Not telling the complete story does a disservice to the ideals that this man had sworn to uphold.
J in KC

Grand Rapids, MI

#32 Aug 10, 2007
Tom wrote:
In Michigan, a motorcycle endorsement learners permit only allows the rider to operate his bike in the presence of another legally liscensed rider.It would seem then that as the articles did not mention any other rider as having been there, the this gentleman was in violation of the law. I hope that someone completley investigates this. While this in no way mitigates the tragedy that has happend. Not telling the complete story does a disservice to the ideals that this man had sworn to uphold.
He was in the presence of another rider, a fellow officer and friend.
From woodtv.com :

http://woodtv.com/Global/story.asp...

Winchester and a fellow East Grand Rapids officer, described as his best friend, were on Alden Nash near 36th Street in Lowell Township when the accident occurred.

The other officer's name is not being released. He was not injured.

Winchester had just received his motorcycle learner's permit the day before the accident. Calls to the Kent County Sheriff's Department for an update on the investigation were not returned.

Jennifer

Iron Mountain, MI

#33 Aug 10, 2007
Tom wrote:
In Michigan, a motorcycle endorsement learners permit only allows the rider to operate his bike in the presence of another legally liscensed rider.It would seem then that as the articles did not mention any other rider as having been there, the this gentleman was in violation of the law. I hope that someone completley investigates this. While this in no way mitigates the tragedy that has happend. Not telling the complete story does a disservice to the ideals that this man had sworn to uphold.


As a matter of fact he was following the law because the other rider was a legally licensed as well as experienced rider. Maybe you should go back to all of the articles and news casts because they clearly have stated that the driver of the semi and the other RIDER were not injured!

Since: Aug 07

Sparta

#34 Aug 10, 2007
Tom wrote:
In Michigan, a motorcycle endorsement learners permit only allows the rider to operate his bike in the presence of another legally liscensed rider.It would seem then that as the articles did not mention any other rider as having been there, the this gentleman was in violation of the law. I hope that someone completley investigates this. While this in no way mitigates the tragedy that has happend. Not telling the complete story does a disservice to the ideals that this man had sworn to
uphold.
If you are listening to the news and reading the paper it clearly states that there was another off duty officer who has his cycle license riding with him.
Tom

Grand Rapids, MI

#35 Aug 10, 2007
J in KC wrote:
<quoted text>
He was in the presence of another rider, a fellow officer and friend.
From woodtv.com :
http://woodtv.com/Global/story.asp...
Winchester and a fellow East Grand Rapids officer, described as his best friend, were on Alden Nash near 36th Street in Lowell Township when the accident occurred.
The other officer's name is not being released. He was not injured.
Winchester had just received his motorcycle learner's permit the day before the accident. Calls to the Kent County Sheriff's Department for an update on the investigation were not returned.
Thanks for the polite, thoughtful correction. I hope that the other rider is able to give a complete accounting of what actually happend. As an officer he has been trained in observation techniques and should be able to greatly help in the investigation.
Pat

United States

#36 Aug 10, 2007
My deepest sympathies to his loved ones. The untimely death of a loved one, especially so young, is always so painful.

In regards to other posts above, I think people are bringing the question of speed into this situation because of the fact he was a police officer. Many people feel police officers are given, for lack of better words, a break with traffic violations. Obviously this doesnt apply really here, as this poor gentleman lost his life. But in general, police personnel are known for not giving tickets to each other.

For example, several years back I was housesitting for my parents. I woke up to someone knocking on my front door at 2am. Apparently a police cruiser was going to fast for conditions ( it was raining), lost control, jumped the curb and slammed into a fire hydrant, pulling it out of the ground. Had that firehydrant not been there, he would have probabaly ended up in our living room. The speed limit there? 35mph. So I asked the responding officer if the at-fault officer was going to get a ticket. I received a really vague 'no' answer ...I KNEW he wouldnt get one.

Its things like that that cause people to do a 'double take' if you will when an officer is involved in something traffic related.

But no matter what- a life was lost here an that is a tragedy. Again, my heart goes out to the friends and family of this officer. God Bless.
roses r red

Milan, MI

#37 Aug 10, 2007
The fact of the matter wrote:
Many of you have sit here and commented on how fast was he going, well just because he was an officer is why this is in the media. The fact of the matter is... Mike was a wonderful man, he lost his life and now his loved one's have to mourn him. People if this was your family member and you were reading all of these horrible things people were asking and saying on this site, what would you do. It comes down to a person lost his life, a family is grieving, my sister lost her best friend and the love of her life,a trucker has to try and comprehend this horrible incident in which he had no control over and a best friend has to remember his friend passing away on that horrible day. Please do not come to this site to bash, question or say harsh words. Believe it or not, there are good officers out there and just because one died on his bike does not mean he was doing anything wrong. He was too young to die and it does not matter know what happened, what matters is he was taken away from The Winchester's, from my little sister, from his friends and family who loved him.
May God be with your sister and all of your family in this horrible time. I am sure he was a wonderful man. God must have needed Mike to take him so young. I will pray for your family.
Pat

Saint Paul, MN

#38 Aug 10, 2007
Neko wrote:
So...
How fast was he going?
What was his blood alcohal level?
Were there drugs in his system?
Does being a police officer cancel stupidity?
Police officers are not Gods... so why is the media worshiping them?
(Noting the media spin in the story to avoid reporting the facts!)
I don't see the media "worship", I see them recognizing a man who had the courage to put his life at risk to keep you and your family safe every day. So before you label him as "stupid", you may want to tell his family "Thank You" for raising someone who would risk his life to protect people he didn't know.
I knew Mike all my life, I grew up with him, went to school with him and his sister in Gladstone and know how great of a guy he was. I saw his parents last weekend, and I don't think you could ever see people more proud of their children. He was an amazing guy and a great friend. Mike you will be missed by us all!

Since: Jul 07

Grandville

#39 Aug 21, 2007
mariah wrote:
<quoted text>
I wonder how a great guy like Mike is gone and an idiot like you goes on and on leaving worthless comments in life,
Well you don't know me to call me an idoit. Just because I ask a simple question about speed. I ride and have ridden for over 20 years. If I was such an idoit how is it I am a respested goverment employee myself. Don't judge unless you know the person you are calling an idoit.
And this being an open forum to ask questions and insert coments there is nothing wrong with me asking what I did. It seams that you need to get a life yourself.
Krystin

Rockford, MI

#40 Aug 27, 2007
What many of you might not realize is that this corner of 36th street and Alden Nash in the Lowell area has claimed a lot of lives and has put many others in hospitals. The corner there is not safe and people need to remember to slow down so this tragedy will never happen again. Many of us from the area have had friends that even though they survived accidents on that corner will never be the same.

Slow down! Life is to precious!

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