A 52-year-old Belding man is dead and his passenger is badly hurt after a motorcycle crash on Saturday, Sept. 9.

According to a news release from Michigan State Police, it happened at 6:30 p.m. on Long Lake Road near Hock Road in Otisco Township.

The motorcycle, driven by Michael Warner, was traveling east on Long Lake Road when it ran off the road and hit several small trees and a traffic sign. Warner died at the scene.

His passenger, a 55-year-old woman also from Belding, was airlifted by Aeromed to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in critical condition.

The crash remains under investigation.

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