Motorcyclist killed in crash wasn’t wearing helmet; alcohol and speed also likely factors

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CONSTANTINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal Fourth of July motorcycle crash, that they say likely involved alcohol and high speeds, in addition to the rider not wearing a helmet.

The crash happened at around 3:05 a.m. on July 4, on Featherstone Road near Constantine Road in Constantine Township.  Police say James Carlson, 33, was riding a 2014 Harley Davidson when he failed to negotiate a curve, drove off the road, and crashed into two trees.

Carlson was killed in the crash.  He was not wearing a helmet, and police believe alcohol and high speeds both played roles in the deadly crash.

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  • Sam

    As a Harley rider, I feel for his family. This is why my kickstand was down this whole weekend. I knew I would want to enjoy a brew with friends and family. Drinking and riding is never worth it.

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