Posted on Jun 25, 2024

Driver charged in collision that killed bicyclist in Ottawa County

JENISON, MI - Authorities said a driver was intoxicated when she was involved in a fatal collision with a bicyclist in Ottawa County last week.

A report by WOOD TV stated that the victim of the June 19 incident was identified as 59-year-old Douglas Sjoerdsma of Grandville.  Investigators said Sjoerdsma was riding his bicycle west on the shoulder of Fillmore Street near 28th Avenue in Georgetown Township.

He was struck by an eastbound SUV that crossed over the center line at about 8:30 a.m.  Sjoerdsma died the next day after being taken to an area hospital.  

The alleged driver, 39-year-old Jehnel Jean Pore of Allendale, was initially charged with operating while intoxicated and moving violation causing injury.  Sheriff's deputies said prosecutors will be asked to amend the charge following Sjoerdsma's death.

Pore was treated in the hospital for minor injuries and then taken to jail, where bond was set at $50,000.

As this story develops, check back for further updates from our Michigan car accident lawyer on the progress of the investigation.