Gaines Township bicyclist dies after being hit by car

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GAINES TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- The Kent County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a bicyclist was killed and another was seriously injured when they were struck by a vehicle in foggy road conditions Saturday morning.

It happened at 7:49 a.m. on Hanna Lake Avenue SE just south of 92nd St. SE when a southbound Jeep driven by Gerard Geerligs, 83, of Caledonia hit a man and a woman riding their bikes southbound on Hanna Lake.

Deputies say Clarence Doornbos, 76, of Caledonia and Claire Elgersma, 69, of Kentwood both where transported to a local hospital where Doornbos died and Elgersma was treated for serious injuries.

Geerligs was not injured.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation by the Kent County Sheriff's Office.

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  • telegal

    So i’m just going to ask–you mention that the driver of the car was not injured. And how in the world is a driver going to be injured whilst hitting 2 bicyclist? I just read that one of the cyclist is dead. And they were all traveling southbound which means the driver hit them from behind. I know the driver is probably heartbroken. But. This is just so wrong in so many ways. If you can’t see what’s in front of you than STOP DRIVING.

  • Kate

    When are bikes going to start using all the tax payer funded trails instead of the roads?? Bikes Don’t pay gas tax to pay for the roads which were are meant for cars and trucks! Drivers can’t always see bikes especially in foggy conditions. Quit acting like liberals where everything is owed to you, but nothing has to be earned! Get on the trails where you belong and off the roads where you Don’t!

    • Matt Fitzhorn

      It’s people like you that scare the hell out of me when I ride. You have no empathy and certainly have no knowledge of road laws. You should probably hang up the keys before you kill someone.

    • Kate is a troll

      Just shut up, if having to slow down for half a second and actually pay attention while you drive is too much for you, you shouldn’t be on the road period.

  • Joanie Caldwell-Kenoshmeg

    so sad. Prayers for the woman who lost her mate and for the family . And don’t drive home from summer parties if you are drinking Its not worth it. Trouble can happen even on roads of low population.

  • Roger Groot

    There are now bright blinking LED lights that can be purchased for $ 4.99 at some hardware stores.If these blinking lights were on the rear of these two bikes the driver may have seen the lights and taken corrective action. With the above said I have observed many drivers of all kinds of vehicles driving too fast for conditions.So sorry for this Doornbos who was killed.