Crash under investigation in Warren after motorcyclist critically injured

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published May 2, 2019

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WARREN — A motorcycle operator remained in critical condition May 2, two days after a collision involving a pickup truck closed a section of westbound Interstate 696 and the service drive at Groesbeck Highway.

Detective Sgt. Paul Houtos, of the Warren Police Department, said the crash remained under investigation at press time. The collision occurred at 9:15 a.m. April 30 on westbound I-696, just east of the Bunert Road ramp.

“Two lanes were barricaded for road construction. There was a vehicle — a construction vehicle, a pickup truck — that was leaving the barricaded lanes, entering the lanes of travel. There was a motorcycle traveling westbound that struck the front of the vehicle, owned by the construction company.

“We believe speed was a factor,” Houtos said. “At this point in time, we can’t say for sure. Everything indicates the guy on the motorcycle was driving fast.”

The motorcycle operator, who was not named by police, was thrown from the bike and landed some distance away. A helmet was recovered at the scene, but it was not clear if it had been worn, improperly fastened or stored on the motorcycle at the time of the collision.

The motorcycle was destroyed in the crash. The operator was rushed to Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, where he underwent emergency surgery. He reportedly sustained multiple broken bones and internal injuries.

The section of westbound roadway was closed for several hours while police conducted an investigation. According to Warren Police Lt. Stephen Mills, the freeway was reopened at 2:40 p.m. April 30.