Man charged in crash that killed New Baltimore reserve police officer

Chesterfield Township man accused of driving drunk with suspended license when his vehicle struck, killed New Baltimore man on motorcycle

Gerald Lee Belcher
Gerald Lee Belcher

NEW BALTIMORE, Mich. – A 64-year-old man faces charges after a crash killed a New Baltimore reserve police officer Sunday night when his car collided with the officer's motorcycle at the intersection of 21 Mile Road and Jefferson Avenue.

Gerald Lee Belcher, of Chesterfield Township, was arrested at his home on Wednesday. He is charged with operating a vehicle with a suspended license causing death and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

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Belcher's bond has been set at $250,000. He is being held at the Macomb County Jail. His preliminary examination is June 13.

Police say the victim, 33-year-old Patrick Wisniewski, was driving his motorcycle north on Jefferson Avenue at the 21 Mile Road intersection when Belcher, who was driving south on Jefferson Avenue in a 2008 Chevy Impala, made a left turn at the intersection in front of Wisniewski, striking him on the motorcycle.

Both drivers were transported to McLaren Hospital where Wisniewski was pronounced dead.  Belcher was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Patrick Wisniewski
Patrick Wisniewski

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