OTSEGO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - A 38-year-old man from the Plainwell area died after crashing his motorcycle that he had been repairing, witnesses said.
Stephen Magierka III took his 2004 Yamaha for a test drive at 11:20 p.m. Monday and crashed about a half mile into the trek on 106th Avenue near 11th Street in Otsego Township.
Police said he failed to negotiate a curve in the road, causing his bike to crash into a ditch.
Rescue personnel arrived at the scene and found a helmetless Magierka unconscious in the tall grass.
He was taken to Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo where he passed away.
"Speed is believed to be a factor in the crash [and] the presence of alcohol is unknown at this time," according to a news release from the Allegan County Sheriff's Department.
A donation account has been set up to help the family with its search to find a missing loved one.
Wind chills will be in the single figures Thursday, with snowfall totals in the 1- to 3-inch range.
The passenger in a pickup truck that slid off U.S. 31 and rolled over told 24 Hour News 8 that watching the video of the crash is "heart-wrenching."