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47-year-old motorcyclist killed in St. Joseph crash identified

St. Joseph County
Posted at 3:28 PM, Jul 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-22 14:24:43-04

FLORENCE TWP., Mich. — A 47-year-old motorcyclist who died after a crash with a pickup truck Tuesday in St. Joseph County has been identified.

First responders with the St. Joseph County Sheriff's Department arrived to the scene of Lutz Road and Dickinson Road in Florence Township around 2:30 p.m. for a crash involving a pickup truck and a motorcycle.

Investigations show that the pickup truck was heading southbound on Lutz Road and attempting to turn on Dickinson Road with 47-year-old Florin Gavril Olarean on the motorcycle right behind him.

The driver of the pickup truck changed the direction of the turn and a collision happened as Olarean tried to pass the truck.

Olarean died in the crash after being thrown off his motorcycle, as it went off the southwest corner of the intersection and struck a power pole.

The driver of the pickup truck, a 17-year-old male teenager from Burr Oak, suffered no injuries from the crash. A passenger in the pickup truck suffered a minor injury.

The driver of the motorcycle was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

This crash is currently under investigation by the sheriff's department.

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