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Northville Motorcyclist Dies in Accident

Willard Combs, 40, of Northville, died after his Harley Davidson—which had apparently broken down—was hit by a Ford Taurus in Salem Township. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

A Northville man has died after his motorcycle was hit by a car in Salem Township on Friday, according to a press release from the Michigan State Police.

Willard Combs, 40, died after his Harley Davidson—which had apparently broken down—was hit by a Ford Taurus in the southbound lane of Pontiac Trail, just north of Five Mile Road.

State police said Combs, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from the motorcycle and into the windshield of the car. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the car, 22-year-old Sarah Patton of South Lyon, suffered minor injuries and sought her own treatment, police said. Patton was wearing her seat belt.

Police said alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.

In addition, police said the investigation into the crash continues and did not have any further information as of this posting.

wayde August 10, 2012 at 05:47 PM
The posted speed limit is 50 not 55. The motorcycle was stopped. They were approaching an intersection. There are many houses in the area with driveways.
wayde August 10, 2012 at 05:48 PM
There is no shoulder -- google it.
I AM ME August 23, 2012 at 02:28 AM
What a sad, sad story. i don't know either party involved but i pray for both sides. poor Willy and his family. as far as those Sarah girl i agree that she should be fully punished. like many other comments before, SHE WAS NEGLEGENTand obviously not paying attention..SHE IS AT FAULT AND SHOULD BE PUNISHED, BOTTOM LINE!!!
I AM ME August 23, 2012 at 02:29 AM
This*
Paul p November 04, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Willard was my best friend in high school and I see him every two months when I deliver to his house and the same month he was hit I was hit and run on my motorcycle, I just found out he passed I found out the hard way - from his dad in his own words " I don't know what I'm gonna do Paul " , his son just turned 18, damn liberals piss me off , it isn't supposed to end this way :'( if gods up there Will I hope he's hangin with ya I won't let the memories go till my dying day bro ;) I can hate the girl - to each his own !

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