Man, 35, killed in motorcycle/vehicle crash in Benton Township

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A 35-year-old man operating a motorcycle was killed when he collided with a vehicle.

The crash happened around 9:10 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 16, on Union Street near Waverly Drive in Benton Township.

Upon arrival, Deputies found the man, unresponsive, lying on the street. He was transported to Spectrum/Lakeland Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators say the man was traveling northbound on Union Street approaching the main entrance to the Briarwood Apartments when a southbound vehicle made a left turn into the apartment entrance and pulled into the path of the motorcycle.

The motorcycle impacted the car on the passenger side and the operator of the motorcycle was ejected from the bike.

The driver of the motorcycle had a helmet on at the time of the crash, however, it was not buckled and came off during the collision.

The driver of the car then fled the scene in the vehicle, but the suspect vehicle was located by police a short time later.

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Traffic Crash unit was contacted to reconstruct the collision. No arrests have been made at this time, however a suspect has been identified and a report will be submitted to the Berrien County Prosecutors Office for review.

It appears that alcohol may have been a factor in the collision.

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