Motorcyclist Cut In Half After Police Chase

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

On July 5, Christopher J. Henry was attempting to evade Michigan State Police troopers when he hit a curb and a utility pole before slamming his motorcycle into a tree. The 47-year-old was severed at the waist and died, The Detroit Free Press reported. 

Henry, of Bay City, Michigan, was speeding and swerving, First Lt. David Simon, commander of the state police's Tri-City Post, told The Bay City Times. ”When he made his initial turn, (troopers) had to swerve to avoid him," Simon said.

Henry began fleeing police as soon as they turned on their sirens. Authorities suspected Henry had been drinking before the pursuit, NY Daily News reported.

After Henry crashed, his Harley-Davidson motorcycle kept going. "The motorcycle continued down the road almost two blocks, another 400 feet, and came to rest," Simon said.

Henry wasn’t wearing a helmet at the time. "I've seen some nasty crashes, but it's been a while since I've seen one that bad. He hit that pretty hard,” Simon said.

The crash is still under investigation and an autopsy has been scheduled. Henry will also receive a toxicology exam, but it could take a month for the results to arrive.

Sources: Detroit Free Press, The Bay City Times, NY Daily News / Photo credit: Cristian Janke/Flickr