Man facing felony charge in crash that killed motorcyclist

Kent County
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WALKER, Mich. (WOOD) — A man is facing a felony charge for his alleged role in a crash that killed a motorcyclist in July.

The crash happened July 17 at the intersection of Wilson Avenue and Leonard Street NW. Police say 36-year-old Joseph Hilseki ran a red light and caused the crash that killed 35-year-old Jacob Craft.

After the crash, Hileski fled from Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids after staff had wired his jaw shut. He was later found and taken into custody on a charge of resisting or obstructing police for the hospital incident.

Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker said a charge of operating while under the influence causing death was authorized Wednesday against Hileski. It carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

At the time of the crash, the road was closed for construction, except to people who live in the affected area.

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