Victim of fatal motorcycle crash identified as 25-year old South Bend resident

MILTON TOWNSHIP — A motorcyclist has died after a crash reportedly took place at approximately 10:05 a.m. on Redfield Road in Milton Township, near Niles.

According to the Michigan State Police, Nicholas Allen Washburn, 25, of South Bend was the driver of a westbound motorcycle on Redfield Road.

Washburn’s motorcycle collided with a van, stopped southbound on Carter Road at the stop sign. The motorcycle driver was ejected and struck an eastbound vehicle stopped on Redfield Road, waiting to turn left.

“The motorcycle driver sustained serious injuries, and was transported by ambulance to the hospital in South Bend,” said Michigan State Police Lieutenant Jeremy Carlisle.

The drivers of the two passenger vehicles involved with the crash appeared to be uninjured at this time, according Michigan State Police Lieutenant Jeremy Carlisle.

Washburn was transported to South Bend Memorial Hospital, and was later pronounced deceased from injuries.

Washburn was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

The crash remains under investigation, though deputies said speed may have been a factor.

Michigan State Police-Niles Post responded to the call, assisted by the Cass County Sheriff’s Department, Niles Township fire Department and SMCAS Ambulance.

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