A Rockford motorcyclist received multiple injuries when a truck turned into his path on Wednesday, December 2. William Mong lost the tip of his left thumb, had his left leg broken and sustained multiple rib fractures when his motorcycle collided head-on into a truck turning into Northtown Motor Homes Inc, 10947 Northland Drive about 1:30 p.m. Mong, who was southbound on Northland Drive, braked his vehicle for nearly 100 feet but was unable to avoid colliding with the truck, witnesses reported. Rescue workers from Algoma Fire Department and Kent County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the accident. Deputy Dianna Lude said that the accident was still under investigation and additional information was not available as of press time.
Mark Gillikin, 48, was pronounced dead at Spectrum Hospital after sustaining critical injuries about 6:45 p.m. Monday, May 25 on West River Drive. He had been driving a 2001 Harley Davidson motorcycle. According to Kourtland Ford, eyewitness to the accident who phoned in the 9-1-1 call, an eastbound Chevy Blazer was waiting in the left lane to make a left turn when the motorcyclist crashed into the back of the vehicle. It appeared to Ford that Gillikin realized too late that the Chevy had stopped and tried to avoid hitting it. Occupants in the Blazer were unhurt. Ford said he helped slow traffic while other witnesses performed CPR to the victim, who was unresponsive. The accident took place east of the Jupiter Avenue intersection West River Drive. In addition to Plainfield Fire Department, Kent County Sheriff deputies and the Kent County Road Commission responded to the scene. The victim was transported by Rockford Ambulance.