Woman dies after Van Buren County motorcycle crash

By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email

A 54-year-old woman is dead after a motorcycle crash in Van Buren County.

It happened last Sunday on M40 south of M43, in Waverly Township.

Police say 54-year-old Kevin James Rocheleau was driving the motorcycle, with passenger, Mary Jo Hendershot, on the back.

When police arrived on the scene, they found Rocheleau and Hendershot, seriously injured.

Investigators believe the motorcycle was traveling south on M40 when a minivan turned left, attempting to turn into a gas station.

The motorcycle was reportedly unable to avoid hitting the minivan, ejecting both the driver and the passenger from the motorcycle.

Both the driver and passenger were taken to Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.

The driver of the minivan, a 38-year-old Indiana man, was also taken to the hospital with complains of chest pain.

Neither Rocheleau or Hendershot were wearing helmets at the time of the crash. Michigan law lets motorcycle drivers and passengers to decide for themselves whether to wear a helmet or not, if they meet certain criteria.

Once the investigation is complete report will be forwarded to Van Buren County Prosecutor for review.

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