Motorcyclist critically injured in Ottawa County collision

Posted at 2:38 PM, Jun 05, 2016

JAMESTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A motorcycle rider is hospitalized in critical condition after a Sunday morning crash in Ottawa County.

At 9:05 a.m. Sunday, the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a motorcycle crash with injuries at the intersection of 32nd Avenue and Riley Street in Jamestown Township. Upon arriving at the scene, deputies found the motorcyclist — Robert Townsend, 72, of Kalamazoo — injured.

He was transported to Metro Hospital where he was listed in critical condition later Sunday.

The investigation showed that Austin Lynema, 16, of Byron Center was driving a 2003 Pontiac Montana westbound on Riley Street with a Level 1 permit and his mother, Bridget Lynema, 37, of Byron Center, seated in the front seat next to him.  Six other family members were also in the vehicle.

Lynema stopped at the stop sign at 32nd Avenue and did not see Townsend traveling northbound on 32nd. Lynema pulled out into the intersection in front of Townsend and the motorcycle hit the minivan on the driver’s side.

Townsend was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

None of the minivan occupants were injured. All were wearing seat belts.

The crash remains under investigation by the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.