Update: Bicyclist dies in crash on Grand Rapids NE side

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The man hit by a truck while on his bicycle Monday afternoon has died.

Grand Rapids Police say that Kyle Hodder, 25, died overnight from the injuries he suffered in a crash Monday afternoon at the intersection of Grand Avenue NE and Michigan Street.

Police say Hodder was riding east on Michigan on the north sidewalk when a truck heading south on Grand went to turn west onto Michigan and struck Hodder.

The crash is still under investigation.

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  • Pips

    So the bicyclist riding on the wrong side of the road at a blind corner failed to stop and look before crossing. There, the investigation can now be closed.

      • Pips

        What’s inhumane is filling bicyclists heads with the notion that they don’t have to be responsible for their own safety. That somehow giving them the right of way will magically make 6 ton vehicles be able to stop sooner. These accidents keep happening because the morons in charge don’t understand basic physics. If we instead adopted the rules of the sea, where larger, more immobile vessels (i.e. Automobiles) have the right of way, and smaller more mobile (i.e. Bicyclists and pedestrians) give way there would be far fewer deaths. A bicyclists will never win in an a collision with a truck or other vehicle. It will never happen. They will always lose. Therefore, those riding need to take their safety into their own hands. That may mean slowing down and stopping every once in a while, it may me getting off the road to let a larger vehicle pass, but it’s either that or they’ll continue to die.

      • Pips

        ” riding east on Michigan on the north sidewalk” That would put him riding against traffic and not with the flow and also make that a blind corner (there’s a building on that corner) for anyone traveling south on Grand.

        But since you bring it up, Fox17’s reporting is shoddy as usual. The written article says the driver was traveling south and turning west, which would be a right hand turn, but in the video the news reader says the driver was turning left.

  • tired of bicycles thumbing their nose at the rest of us

    Amen – one less bicycle weenie using up space, acting like traffic laws don’t apply to them… Perhaps this can serve as an example – take on a vehicle, surrounded by metal and heavy parts, and you lose…

    • JMB

      You are a disgusting human being, I hope you never have to lose someone close to you and have someone trash talk them the way you are here on this thread.

    • tired of bicycles thumbing their nose at the rest of us

      My kids – and grand kids all have brains enough not to take on a huge truck while riding a bicycle…

      • Scott hodder

        That was my son riding the bicycle, trying to survive as a young adult who didn’t make enough to afford a descent car! Any one have a problem with that an wanna fight with me??

        • Sarah

          I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with kyle. He was a good man. He deserved better than this garbage of a thread to be his remembrance. Know that the people who knew him will miss him. He was important and he was loved.

        • Taylor

          Mr. Hodder, I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Kyle from school, and he was an awesome guy. It’s too bad there are so many heartless people out there, who have nothing better to do than flap their jaws about something they know nothing about. I can’t imagine what you’re going through. Please accept my condolences.

  • Stephen Inskeep

    People writing such hateful comments about a young man that they do not even know should not have their comments written here. It does not make any difference who is at fault. A wonderful young man has lost his life and we should be compassionate enough to express our sorrow.

    • Amy Williams

      A loss is a loss is a loss. Everyone makes mistakes, whether is was the truck or the bicycle, NOBODY wanted this to happen, and NOBODY benefits from it. Trolls. . . go back under your bridge please, or better yet. . . volunteer at Mary Freebed Hospital and see how hard those patients are trying to rehabilitate from accidents like this. I was wholeheartedly hoping that was where this young man was headed, but alas. . . it was not to be.

      I’m just thankful that my beautiful and caring friend was guided by some unseen force to go that way on that day and hold Kyle’s hand while they were waiting for the EMT to come, look him in the eyes and do her best to provide him comfort. It will take her a while to get over the experience of seeing that, and the subsequent loss of someone she didn’t even know of before this day.

      Dear Mr. Hodder, we wish you peace, rest, and the ability and strength to let the happy memories of times you had together eventually outweigh the pain of loss. We hope we can make it to the ceremony if there is one, we’ll be on the lookout for information, and it looks like I might have a FB friend in common with Kyle.
      To our cyclist friends–you keep up your heart healthy travels. . . but yes. . . be safe. We do want you here, and we do want to avoid this type of thing!!

      Special thanks to the illustrious Stephen Inskeep for gracing this comment thread. Are you the NPR Host? I’ll be sure to start listening to your show more! If not, great name, guy!