Suspect sought after motorcyclist killed in crash

Kent County

WALKER, Mich. (WOOD) — A driver took off from the hospital Tuesday after a crash that killed a motorcyclist in Walker.

The crash happened around 8 p.m. at the intersection of Wilson Avenue and Leonard Street NW. The Walker Police Department says an eastbound driver ran a red light and hit a northbound motorcycle.

The motorcyclist was a 35-year-old man from Walker. His name was not released Tuesday night.

The driver of the car, the only person in that vehicle, was taken to Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids. He had to have his jaw wired shut.

He later fled the hospital. Police started searching the area for him, but he wasn’t found Tuesday night. Police have not released his name.

The deadly crash was the second serious crash at the intersection within 12 hours. In the morning, a mother and her two children were injured, one of the children critically, when a pickup truck was hit by a semi-truck. The collision split the pickup in two.

A crew from the Michigan Department of Transportation was at the intersection Tuesday night, working to determine if anything could be done to improve its safety.

**Editor’s note: A previous version of this article included a photo that our web staff did not immediately realize showed the victim’s body covered by a white sheet. That photo has been removed. We regret the mistake and apologize for any distress it may have caused.

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