A motorcyclist was forced to lay down his bike in order to avoid rear-ending a car in stopped traffic.
According to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department, 55-year-old Philip Velie was driving east on U.S. 12 when he laid down his motorcycle due to backed-up traffic at Klinger Lake Road.
Velie ended up pushing his bike into the oncoming lane of traffic. The cycle was run over by a vehicle driven by 60-year-old Michael Wilson. The SUV Wilson was driving left the roadway and struck a tree, deputies said.
Both Velie and Wilson were treated at the scene, authorities said.