Motorcyclist in Critical Condition after Flipping Bike into Ditch

Posted at 8:49 AM, Jul 04, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-04 08:49:04-04

CASS COUNTY, Mich. (July 4, 2014) — A man from South Haven was airlifted to the hospital with critical injuries, after police say his motorcycle wrecked into a ditch.  He was not wearing a helmet, and alcohol may have played a role.

The accident happened Thursday night on M-40 north of Dutch Settlement in Marcellus Township.  Jerry Hartsfield, 71, was heading north when he lost control of his motorcycle, left the road, and crashed into a ditch.  He was last listed in critical condition.

Police say there was no helmet at the scene, and have reason to believe alcohol may have been a factor.