2 friends mourned after motorcycle crashes

Muskegon County

MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Loved ones are mourning the loss of two bikers who died in separate motorcycle crashes at the same intersection.

Jordan Schillaci, 29, died Friday evening after colliding with a driver near the intersection of Apple Avenue and Mill Iron Road in Muskegon Township.

“I miss him, and I’ll never forget him. I know that I’ll see him again,” said Jordan’s mother, Kris. “He was an amazing father to three little girls, an amazing son and a friend to a lot of people.”

An undated photo of Jordan Schillaci and his three children. Courtesy. (Aug. 10, 2019)
An undated photo of Jordan Schillaci and his three children. Courtesy. (Aug. 10, 2019)

Police say the driver of a Dodge Journey was trying to cross five lanes of traffic when she hit Schillaci. He later died at the hospital.

“It’s been hell,” said family friend Wendy Boltze. “We’ve lost a life that there’s no way to replace.” 

Just weeks prior, 33-year-old Dean Dilts died at the same intersection.

Police say Dilts moved into the turn lane to pass another vehicle when he hit a van.

An undated photo of Dean Dilts with his family. Courtesy. (Aug. 10, 2019)
An undated photo of Dean Dilts with his family. Courtesy. (Aug. 10, 2019)

“It was kind of like a dream. It still doesn’t feel real,” said Rachel Kleis, who has a child with Dilts. 

The victims’ family told News 8 Schillaci and Dilts were best of friends and it’s been incredibly difficult to lose them both in such a short time frame. 

“We’re talking exactly 40 days from each other these two accidents happened. We took a huge blow and we haven’t even had time to recover and now here is another,” said family friend Samantha Lasak.

The family is begging drivers to look twice when they’re behind the wheel.

“If we just take that extra second to look both ways, we can avoid a lot of these tragedies that are happening,” Boltze said.

The family plans to hold a benefit in memory of both bikers.

The first event is on Aug. 31 for Dilts. The family says they’re working to arrange an event for Schillaci soon.

More information about the benefit can be found online.

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