UPDATE: Police say the deceased is Chris Clubine, 55 years of age, from Niles. Read the full news release below.
- Person Making Release: Officer Rob Christner
- Date and Time of Incident: August 29 at 5:26pm
- Type of Incident: Fatal Traffic Crash – Single Vehicle
- Location of Incident: E. Shawnee Rd. just west of Lauer Rd, Oronoko Twp
- Agencies Involved: Berrien Springs Oronoko Police
Michigan State Police
Medic One Ambulance Service
Details: The crash occurred at 5:26 pm on 8/29/13 on E. Shawnee Rd. just West of Lauer Rd. A single motorcycle crash. The motorcycle was Eastbound on E. Shawnee when the lone driver apparently locked up the brakes then lost control of the motorcycle.
The driver was thrown from the motorcycle during the crash, after locking up his brakes. It is not clear at this point what caused the driver to have to lock up his brakes to either stop or slow so quickly.
The driver of the motorcycle died at the hospital from injuries sustained from the crash. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
A single witness stated that there was a red mid size car in front of the motorcycle that did not stop. It is not known if this vehicle had anything to do or was involved with the crash in anyway. If you happened to have been in the area at that time and may have seen anything please call the BSOPD because your information may be critical for us to find out what took place causing this crash. 269-471-2813 The crash remains under investigation at this time by BSOPD and MSP Crash Investigators.
The victim’s name will be released later today once we are sure all family members have been notified.