Motorcyclist killed in Chesterfield Township crash
A 69-year-old man from Lexington was killed Saturday morning when his motorcycle was struck at a red light in Chesterfield Township, according to police.
James Meredith Weir died after the 11:50 a.m. crash on southbound Gratiot at 22 Mile, police said in a statement on Monday. He was stopped at the traffic light while riding a 2010 Harley Davidson and wearing a helmet when he was rear-ended by a 43-year-old New Haven woman in a Pontiac G6.
“(She) told officers she did not realize the vehicles in front of her were stopped for the light until it was too late to stop,” police said in the statement. “The impact sent Mr. Weir forward and into a Chevy Trailblazer that was also stopped for the red light in front of him. Mr. Weir was thrown from his motorcycle, but was conscious at the scene and able to give officers his account of what happened.”
Weir later died at McLaren Macomb Hospital during emergency surgery to repair internal injuries, police said.
No other drivers received serious injuries. Alcohol and drugs to not appear to be factors in the crash, according to authorities.
The investigation remained ongoing Monday, police said. Potential witnesses are urged to call Chesterfield Township Police Detective Chris Delor at (586) 949-3375.