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Motorcyclist Killed in Grand Rapids Accident

Jonathan Hernandez6 months ago

A motorcyclist was killed when he lost control of his vehicle in an S-curve in Grand Rapids.

Details about the Fatal Motorcycle Accident

Multiple sources are reporting that a 63-year-old man from Grandville was killed after he reportedly lost control of his motorcycle on an S-curve on U.S. 131 and was ejected from the vehicle.

The man has been identified as Lester C. Ott, and he was killed in the 4:14 p.m. accident on Wednesday afternoon. The victim’s Facebook profile indicated that he worked for the Kent intermediate School District.

According to State Police, he was driving the motorcycle going south, underneath Interstate 196, when the bike went off the side of the road and struck the median wall. He was ejected from the bike, according to police. Witnesses say that motorcycle appeared to have been shaking and unstable just before the accident.

The victim was not wearing his helmet at the time of the accident, according to police. An investigation into the cause of the accident remains ongoing.

Important Information about Motorcycle Accidents

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there are thousands of wrongful deaths of motorcyclists every year in the United States:

  • In 2014, there were a total of 4,295 motorcyclists who were killed in traffic accidents.
  • Helmets are about 37 percent effective in preventing motorcycle fatalities and 67 percent effective in preventing brain and head injuries.
  • Only 19 states and the Washington DC have laws mandating helmet use by motorcycle drivers and passengers.


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