Motorcyclist seriously injured in collision with pickup truck

NILES TOWNSHIP—A motorcyclist sustained serious, possibly life-threatening, injuries in a truck versus motorcycle collision Tuesday afternoon, according to deputies from the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident occurred at S. 11th Street, near Stateline Road in Niles Township at 4:24 p.m. Lanes were closed to allow for investigation at the 3000 block of S. 11th Street.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they reportedly found a white Dodge pickup truck driven by Irving Duarte, 26, Elkhart. Duarte had been traveling southbound on S. 11th Street and was making a left turn.

Ross Nieboer, 67, Niles, was riding his black, Harley Davidson motorcycle northbound on S. 11th Street in the right lane.

“The driver of the pickup truck made a left-hand turn in front of the motorcycle, causing the collision,” said Berrien County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Joshua Sutherland.

Nieboer was transported to Memorial Hospital in South Bend for his serious, possibly life-threatening, injuries. Duarte was not injured.

Traffic was slowed on S. 11th Street for more than 30 minutes while crews on the scene waited for investigative teams to arrive.

According to deputies, drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor in this collision. The collision remains under investigation by the Berrien County Accident Investigation Team.

Assisting departments included the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office Niles Township, Berrien County Sheriff’s Accident Investigation Team, Niles Township Fire Department, Michigan State Police and SMCAS Ambulance service.

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