COOPER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - Two people died in two crashes in which the second wreck was the result of the first along a Kalamazoo County road early Tuesday morning.
The scene was on Douglas Avenue near Lanfair Avenue in Cooper Township, north of Kalamazoo.
Theobald Metzer was driving his southbound motorcycle around 4:30 a.m. and struck a deer in the middle of the road, causing him to lose control of the bike. He was ejected and killed, according to the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Department. The 55-year-old from Kalamazoo was wearing a helmet.
Shortly thereafter, Edmund Janke was driving his southbound Saturn car on the dark, unlit road and struck Metzer’s body that was lying near the center of the road, police said.
Janke lost control of his vehicle, which overturned, police said. Janke was not wearing a seat belt. The 78-year-old from Otsego was ejected from the car and killed instantly, police said in a news release.
Speed was not a factor and it is unknown if alcohol was involved, police said.
Cooper Township fire department personnel told 24 Hour News 8 at the scene there was light fog in the area.
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