At 4:02pm on September 28th, 2013, Officers of the Muskegon Police Department were dispatched to the intersection of McGraft Park Rd and Glen Ave, on a report of an automobile versus motorcycle accident. Officers arrived on scene to find the helmetless motorcyclist, ORLANDO VELA (49) of Norton Shores, suffering from critical injuries as a result of the crash. The automobile driver, BERNICE PATRICIO (36) of Mount Pleasant was also found to be injured.
Both VELA and PATRICIO were taken by Pro-Med Ambulance to Hackley Hospital for medical treatment.
VELA has succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead while at Hackley Hospital. PATRICIO was treated and since been released from the hospital.
An on-going investigation is being conducted by Accident Investigators of the Muskegon Police Department. Preliminary reports indicate that speed was a factor in the crash. It is not yet determined if there are other contributing factors leading to the cause of the accident and further information will be released when it becomes available.
If anyone has any information on this incident please call the Muskegon Police Department as 231-724-6750 or Silent Observer at 231-722-7463.