Police investigate cause of fatal motorcycle crash

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published August 14, 2017

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ROYAL OAK — Last week, police were still investigating the circumstances of a collision in which a 56-year-old Center Line motorcyclist died Aug. 8 after hitting a van that was crossing northbound Woodward Avenue to Northwood Boulevard.

Law enforcement officials said the motorcyclist was rushed to Beaumont Hospital, where he died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. Police said the driver of the van was not injured.

Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigation Division Lt. Keith Spencer said the preliminary investigation determined that the van was driving eastbound, crossing northbound Woodward from the turn lane for Northwood, when the collision occurred.

Northbound Woodward Avenue was shut down at Northwood Boulevard, north of 12 Mile Road, while investigators from the Royal Oak Police Department and the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation. Traffic was backed up in the area.

“The motorcyclist — who had the right of way — was northbound Woodward and wearing a helmet when the van was struck in the side,”  Spencer said.

Spencer said neither alcohol nor distracted driving was suspected to be a contributing factor in the crash.

“We’re still looking at all of the factors that occurred for the accident,” Spencer said. “I don’t want to speculate on any potential causes until we have our investigation completed.”

Spencer said whether or not any charges would be brought against the 71-year-old Royal Oak woman driving the van was part of the investigation. He declined to speculate on the potential for charges.

Police were not releasing the names of those involved.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Spencer at (248) 248-3456.

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