Township of Kalamazoo Police Department News Release
Complaint number: 12-003467
Incident Type: Fatal Traffic Crash
Date Occurred: 9-28-2012 Time: Approximately 5:08 p.m.
Location: 4100 Block of North Westnedge
Kalamazoo Township police officers were called to the scene of a traffic crash in the 4100 block of North Westnedge late this afternoon. Witnesses reported a motorcycle driven by Steven Michael Merriam, 25 years old of Cooper Township, was traveling north at a high rate of speed (well in excess of the 35 mph posted speed) when he struck a sport utility vehicle exiting a private drive. Mr. Merriam suffered serious head and chest injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a helmet. The driver of the SUV, a 74 year old Middleville man, was transported to Borgess Medical Center by friends for treatment of minor lacerations from broken glass. His name is not being released at this time.
The Kalamazoo County Medical Examiner’s office will perform an autopsy on Mr. Merriam, the date and time of which has not been determined. Township Police were assisted at the scene by a traffic crash reconstructionist from the Michigan State Police 5th District Headquarters.
For Release Beginning: 9-28-2012 at 2100 hours
Author: Chief Tim Bourgeois
Supervisor Approving News Release: Chief Tim Bourgeois
LOCATION OCCURRED: 2432 N. Drake, Kalamazoo MI Kalamazoo Central High School
VICTIM INFO: A female member of the school staff
INJURIES RECEIVED: None
INCIDENT SUMMARY: Township of Kalamazoo Police officers responded to a request for assistance from school officials this morning at Kalamazoo Central High School. School staff reported a 16 year old female student attempted to stab a school staff member with a knife. The incident was unprovoked and occurred in a hallway while the other students were in class. School security personnel and staff on-scene were able to immediately disarm the student and detain her until officers arrived.
The 16 year old suspect was lodged at the Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home. The Kalamazoo County Prosecutor’s Office reviewed the case and authorized a petition in Family Court for felonious assault. The suspect remains in the Juvenile Home.
SUSPECT INFORMATION: A 16 year old female KCHS student who is a resident of Kalamazoo Township.
FOR NEWS RELEASE BEGINNING: DATE: September 6, 2012 TIME: 1725