2017-07-13 / Front Page

Dirt bike rider injured in Saturday accident


RIDER INJURED Denton Township Firefighter Joe Wysocki blocks off part of M-18 Saturday evening following an accident in which a dirt bike rider, Timothy Goines, 39, Commerce Township, was hit by a car driven by Michelle Averill, Prudenville. According to Michigan State Police, it appeared upon initial observation that the motorcycle rid­er was traveling at a high rate of speed. The accident remains under investigation. (Photo by Cheryl Holladay) RIDER INJURED Denton Township Firefighter Joe Wysocki blocks off part of M-18 Saturday evening following an accident in which a dirt bike rider, Timothy Goines, 39, Commerce Township, was hit by a car driven by Michelle Averill, Prudenville. According to Michigan State Police, it appeared upon initial observation that the motorcycle rid­er was traveling at a high rate of speed. The accident remains under investigation. (Photo by Cheryl Holladay) Michigan State Police Troopers came across a serious injury acci­dent July 8 involving a dirt bike and a passenger car on South Gladwin Rd. (M-18) near Black Elm Drive in Denton Township.

According to a State Police re­port, upon arrival to the scene at about 6 p.m., Timothy Goines, 39, Commerce Township, was found ly­ing in the roadway unconscious with an obvious head injury. The driver of the car, Michelle Averill, 67, Pruden­ville, was uninjured as a result of the crash.

Goines was transported by ambu­lance to West Branch Regional Med­ical Center where he was immedi­ately air lifted to Saginaw St. Mary’s due to the severity of his injuries. He was listed in critical condition.

Initial observations indicated that Goines, who was wearing a helmet, was traveling at a high rate of speed and attempted to slow down when the car turned in front of him while making a left-hand turn. Three other dirt bike riders following behind Goines were not injured.

Accident investigators Sgt. Scott Bates and Trooper Kyle McInerney processed the scene. The investiga­tion is ongoing, pending review by the Roscommon County prosecuting attorney.

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