Crash Scene

The aftermat of a fatal car-motorcycle accident on U.S. 12 between New Buffalo and Union Pier. — photo courtesy Berrien County Sheriff's Office

NEW BUFFALO — The Berrien County Sheriff's Office reported a fatal car-motorcycle accident at the intersection of Red Arrow Highway and Community Hall Road in New Buffalo Township took place on the Fourth of July.

According to a Sheriff's Office press release,  first responders were sent to the accident site at approximately 6:45 p.m. Saturday, July 4.

"Upon arrival, Sheriff’s Deputies found a female unresponsive lying on the road. Two passer-by doctors were already administering CPR. The operator of the motorcycle (identified as 23-year-old Stacy Johnson of Illinois) was taken to Franciscan Hospital in Michigan City where she was pronounced deceased by ER Doctors."  

Police reported that investigators determined a southbound car driven by Joyce Collins of Three Oaks was slowing down to pull into Timothy’s Restaurant to pick up and take food away pulling into the “pick-up” area.

"As Collins was making a left turn into the parking lot she pulled directly into the path of a northbound motorcycle driven by Stacy Johnson … the only occupant of the motorcycle."

Police reported that Johnson was not wearing a helmet and the driver of the car did not suffer any injuries.  

New Buffalo Township Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted by the Berrien County Sheriff's Traffic Crash reconstruction unit.  Police reported that the crash is still under investigation and it was unknown as of July 5 if drugs or alcohol was a factor.       

Other agencies responding included the New Buffalo City Police Department, Medic 1 Ambulance, and the New Buffalo Township Fire Department.  

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