Motorcyclist killed, daughter saved, after being struck by minivan

📸 Courtesy photo of Donald Magoon and Kayla Magoon.

PALMER — A Holland man was arraigned in Palmer District Court on Tuesday after his minivan crossed lanes and struck a motorcycle, killing one and seriously injuring another.

Michael Frank, 57, suffered minor injuries in the crash on East Brimfield-Holland Road on June 9, according to a joint press release issued by the Brimfield Police Department and the office of Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni.

According to the police department’s initial investigation, Frank was driving his minivan around 3 p.m. when it crossed into the oncoming lane and struck a motorcycle head-on before crashing into a telephone pole. The father and daughter on the motorcycle were thrown from the motorcycle by the crash.

The operator of the motorcycle, 43-year-old Donald Magoon, was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash, while his 15-year-old daughter Kayla was suffering life-threatening injuries. Police said first responders provided immediate emergency medical treatment before she was flown by helicopter to UMass Medical Center to undergo lifesaving treatment.

Upon completion of law enforcement’s initial investigation into the fatal crash, an arrest warrant was issued for Frank on Monday. He has been charged with motor vehicle homicide resulting from negligent or reckless operation of a motor vehicle, and a marked lanes violation. According to the press release issued by police and Gullini, Frank was arraigned in Palmer District Court on Tuesday and bail was set at $10,000, with a condition that he not operate a motor vehicle if released on bail. He is next scheduled to be in court on August 13.

The incident remains under investigation by the Brimfield Police Department, the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Hampden District Attorney’s Office, The Hampden District Attorney’s Office Motor Vehicle Homicide Unit and the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section (CARS).

Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni and Brimfield Police Chief Charles Kuss express their sympathies to the Magoon family during this difficult time, noted the press release.

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