First Fatal Bicycle Crash Recorded of 2020 for Clinton Township

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, MI – The Clinton Township Police Department is investigating a fatal crash involving a vehicle and a bicyclist which occurred around 6:40pm, on Wednesday January 15th , 2020.fatal bicycle crash

The preliminary investigation indicates the bicyclist, a 58-year-old man, was riding in the roadway traveling from the west side of the road to the east. At the same time, a 2012 Honda Insight was traveling N/B in the left through lane where it struck the bicyclist. Both bicycle and rider where thrown and came to rest in the roadway. The Honda immediately stopped and the driver rendered aid. Emergency services responded to the scene and the bicyclist was taken to McLaren Macomb hospital where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

There were no independent witnesses to the crash. The driver of the Honda is not suspected of alcohol or drug use, but alcohol usage is suspected and may have been a factor with the bicyclist.

The deceased was positively identified as Michael Patrick McGovern from Clinton Township. Initial reports indicated he was on his way to a local church when the crash occurred.

Gratiot is a five lane asphalt roadway with a continuous left turn lane. The posted speed limit is 45 mph. There is no crosswalk within one hundred fifty feet (150’) of where the crash occurred. Gratiot had one street light near the crash but provided little illumination to the area.

The Clinton Township Police Department is continuing the investigation and requests any witnesses to the crash or anyone having information pertinent to the crash, to contact the Captain Wade at: (586)493-7931 or Sgt. Allis at: (586)615-2525.

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