AMBER TWP. — A motorcyclist died Saturday shortly after 1 p.m. in a crash with a pickup truck on U.S. 10 near the U.S. 31 bypass just west of Scottville.
The motorcyclist, Douglas Fleischfresser, 58, of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, “was pronounced dead at the scene,” stated Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole in a press release.
The driver of the pickup truck, Melissa Roe, 50, of Fennville, Michigan, and her one passenger were uninjured, Cole told the Daily News.
The preliminary indications are that Fleischfresser was driving his 2000 Harley Davidson motorcycle eastbound on U.S. 10 with a group of fellow riders, when he missed the turn for the north U.S. 31 bypass, Cole stated in the press release. Fleischfresser pulled to the side of the highway and attempted to make a U-turn, when Roe, who was driving a 2001 Toyota Tundra pickup truck that was also traveling eastbound on U.S. 10, broadsided his motorcycle, according to Cole.
“Neither alcohol nor speed appear to have played a role in the crash, and the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet,” Cole stated.
Mason County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the incident at 1:04 p.m. Saturday, and they were assisted by Michigan State Police troopers from the Hart Post, Michigan Department of Natural Resources law enforcement, Mason Life EMS and the Scottville and Custer fire departments.
The roadway by the U.S. 31 bypass was closed to traffic for approximately three hours as authorities were responding to the crash and conducting the investigation.
Cole stated Sunday that the case remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The age of the deceased has been corrected based on updated information provided by the sheriff's office.