Elderly Howard City man dies after motorcycle-minivan accident


By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 9:05 am on Thursday, October 17, 2013

Betty and William MacTavish of Howard City were injured when a motorcycle struck their minivan Sunday night in downtown Howard City. Pictured is a file photo of the MacTavishes when they were named grand marshals of the Howard City Harvest Festival in 2010. — File photo

 

HOWARD CITY — An elderly Howard City man has died several days after a motorcycle-minivan crash Sunday night that left another man dead as well.

Howard City Police Chief Steve DeWitt confirmed William MacTavish died Tuesday night. He was 84 years old.

The accident occurred around 7:04 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Ensley and Shaw streets.

According to DeWitt, Tony Magoon, 46, of Morley was riding a 2003 Harley-Davidson motorcycle southbound on Ensley at a very high rate of speed. According to witnesses, Magoon ran a red light, striking an eastbound 2005 Ford Freestar minivan on the driver’s side. The impact caused the van to roll over onto its roof in the intersection.

Magoon was not wearing a helmet. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

William MacTavish and his wife Betty were in the minivan. William was transported from the scene by Aeromed to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids in unconscious, critical condition.

Betty suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported by Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services to the hospital.

Funeral services for William will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Heritage United Methodist Church in Pierson. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Heckman Funeral Home in Howard City and prior to funeral services Saturday at the church.

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