Man critical after Berrien County motorcycle accidentPublished 9:42am Wednesday, July 17, 2013
A Hartford man was ejected from his motorcycle and critically injured after a two-vehicle accident Tuesday in Berrien County.
The accident occurred on M-63 at the intersection of Mizpah Park in Hagar Township at 1:20 p.m.
The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department reports that a Ronald Kimball, 80, of Benton Harbor was traveling south on M-63 in a 1996 Dodge truck. Kimball was attempting to make a right hand turn onto Mizpah Park when he was struck in the passenger side by a motorcycle.
Alan Hatten, 48, was the driver of the motorcycle, a 2003 Harley Davidson. Hatten was traveling south on M-63 behind the truck and was unable to stop as the truck was turning. Hatten attempted to pass the truck on the right, striking the truck on the passenger side. Hatten was ejected off the motorcycle onto the pavement. He was not wearing a helmet.
Hatten was transported by Pride Care Ambulance to Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph and then air lifted by Med Flight to Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo. He was listed in critical condition. Kimball sustained no injuries from this incident.
The Berrien County Accident Reconstruction Team was called in to investigate the crash. This case remains under investigation.