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Charges Filed in Fatal Holland Motorcycle-SUV Collision


HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) - The driver of a SUV that collided with a motorcycle on 32nd Street near Apple Avenue in Holland on Sunday evening will face felony charges. An arraignment of the 30-year-old man in Holland District Court will be on counts of driving under the influence causing death, driving with a suspended license causing death, and failing to stop following a fatal crash. 

According to Holland Public Safety, the eastbound SUV apparently crossed over the center line and slammed head-on into a westbound motorcycle, whose driver, 57-year-old David Achterhof, succumbed to his injuries at Holland Hospital. Two of the three persons in the SUV fled immediately after the crash and were captured about a quarter of a mile away, while the third person was arrested at the scene. 

Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the crash, and federal Immigration and Naturalization Service agents are involved due to the immigration status of the three persons in the SUV. At this point, no charges have yet been filed against the other two persons involved.

The case remains open, and anyone who may have any further information on the crash is asked to contact Holland Public Safety or Silent Observer (http://mosotips.com).

Visitation for Achterhof takes place today at the Langeland-Sternberg Funeral Home from 5 until 8 PM, with the funeral tomorrow at 11 AM in Calvary Reformed Church.  Memorials should be given to Holland Christian Schools.