Motorcyclist killed in crash wasn’t wearing helmet; alcohol and speed also likely factors

Posted at 7:56 AM, Jul 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-06 07:57:11-04

CONSTANTINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal Fourth of July motorcycle crash, that they say likely involved alcohol and high speeds, in addition to the rider not wearing a helmet.

The crash happened at around 3:05 a.m. on July 4, on Featherstone Road near Constantine Road in Constantine Township.  Police say James Carlson, 33, was riding a 2014 Harley Davidson when he failed to negotiate a curve, drove off the road, and crashed into two trees.

Carlson was killed in the crash.  He was not wearing a helmet, and police believe alcohol and high speeds both played roles in the deadly crash.