(7-5-20) On Saturday July 4, 2020 at approximately 6:45 pm, first responders were sent to the intersection of Red Arrow Hwy and Community Hall Rd in New Buffalo Township for a car vs Motorcycle injury accident. Upon arrival, Berrien County Sheriff’s Deputies found a female unresponsive lying on the road. Two Doctors, who were passing by the scene, were already administering CPR. The operator of the motorcycle was taken to Franciscan Hospital in Michigan City where she was pronounced deceased by ER Doctors.
Investigators determined that a car going southbound driven by Joyce Collins of Three Oaks was slowing down to pull into Timothy’s Restaurant. The driver was going 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 (23) from Illinois. Johnson was the only occupant of the motorcycle and was not wearing a helmet. The driver of the car did not suffer any injuries.
New Buffalo Twp Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted by the Berrien County Sheriffs Traffic Crash reconstruction unit. The crash is still under investigation and it is unknown at this time if drugs or alcohol was a factor.