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Investigation uncovers details in pair of fatal Kalamazoo County traffic accidents


COOPER (WKZO) -- More details have surfaced in a pair of fatal traffic accidents that happened early Tuesday in Cooper Township.

An investigation by Kalamazoo County Sheriff's deputies has determined that 55-year-old Theobald Metzer was riding his 2009 Kawasaki motorcycle southbound in the 6300-block of Douglas Avenue when he struck a deer in the middle of the roadway.  Evidence indicates Metzer was killed as a result of the crash despite wearing a helmet.

A short while later, 78-year-old Edmund Janke was driving down the unlit roadway when he swerved to avoid Metzer's body.  As a result, Janke lost control of his 1997 Saturn and he was ejected from the vehicle.  Janke does not appear to have been wearing a seatbelt and it is believed he was killed instantly when hitting the ground.

Speed is not believed to have been a factor in either case and it is unknown if alcohol was involved.  Funeral arrangements are pending.