HOPE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - A motorcyclist was killed Sunday afternoon in a hit-and-run crash in Barry County and police on Monday arrested the suspect at his residence.
Tobias Bowers, 39, was taken into custody at his Hope Township home that he shares with his girlfriend, according to Michigan State Police.
The crash occurred just before 4:40 p.m. Sunday on M-43 near Cloverdale Road in Hope Township.
The westbound motorcycle collided with a pickup truck that was backing out of a driveway, according to Michigan State Police at the scene. The 46-year-old motorcyclist, William Madden from Hastings, was thrown from his bike and then hit by an oncoming vehicle.
Madden was in critical condition at the scene, MSP said, and taken to Sparrow Hospital in Lansing via medical helicopter, where he was pronounced dead.
"It's very clear that that action of backing out of the driveway was the major factor in this crash. We also believe that alcohol was a factor in this, according to witnesses," said MSP Lt. Robert May.
Bowers fled the scene, police said, and was driving a tan 1991 Dodge Dakota with Michigan license plate CPH 2806. Police found this vehicle Monday afternoon.
If you have any more information about this incident then you are asked to call Barry County Central Dispatch or Michigan State Police in Wayland at 269.792.2213.
Bowers was arrested in March 2007 in Hastings for operating while intoxicated, according to the Secretary of State's Office. His license is still suspended because he has not paid the fees.
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