Motorcyclist hit by GRPD cruiser in rural Kent County

Kent County
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COURTLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A motorcyclist was seriously injured after being hit by a Grand Rapids police cruiser northeast of Rockford.

It happened shortly after 8:20 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of 14 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue in rural Courtland Township.

Michigan State Police say the motorcyclist, a 56-year-old Stanton man, was getting ready to turn left onto Shaner when the back of the bike was hit by the cruiser, driven by an on-duty officer.

The motorcyclist’s injuries are considered serious but not life-threatening, MSP said. He was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

The Grand Rapids Police Department officer driving the cruiser wasn’t hurt.

While the crash remains under investigation, troopers say neither drugs nor alcohol were involved.

Raul Alvarez, spokesperson for GRPD, said the officer involved is a Special Reaction Team officer who was on his way home from work. 

He said all SRT personnel have a vehicle from the department to store their equipment and respond directly from home to a scene. 

MSP is reviewing the incident. The Internal Affairs Unit will work with state police to gather information to conduct an internal review. 

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