Niles man hospitalized following car versus bike crash Sunday
NILES — An 18-year-old Niles man was injured Sunday evening in a car versus bicycle crash at the intersection of S. 11th and Bell Road in Niles Township.
According to the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department, Justin Copper, 18, was riding a bicycle west on Bell Road when he crossed S. 11th Street and was struck by a southbound vehicle. Judy Vallieres, 54, of Niles, attempted to stop her vehicle prior to striking the bike rider, but was unsuccessful. According to witnesses, the motor vehicle had the right away.
Copper was transported to Memorial Hospital in South Bend for serious injuries. The case remains under investigation.
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