Man killed in motorcyle crash in Superior Township is identified
A man killed Wednesday night in a motorcycle crash in Superior Township has been identified as 21-year-old Michael Francis Griebe, Washtenaw County sheriff's deputies said.
Deputies say Griebe, who lives in the township, died about 6:05 p.m. after losing control of a 2004 Suzuki motorcycle, while traveling west on Old Ford Road at a high rate of speed.
The motorcycle went off the road and into a ditch and hit some tree limbs and a stump, throwing him off the bike, investigators said. He was wearing a helmet. Deputies said the accident occurred east of Plymouth Road.
Alcohol also appears to be a factor in the crash, deputies said.
Amanda Becker, 25, of Manchester, who is a friend of Griebe's, was saddened to learn of the accident, she said. Becker got together with Griebe and about 10 of his friends for a bonfire Saturday at Griebe's parent's home in the Ann Arbor area, she said.
"He loved hanging out with his friends, spending time with his girlfriend," she said. "I never saw a bad side of him."
Anyone with information about the accident can call the sheriff's department tip line at (734) 973-7711.
Lee Higgins is a reporter for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached by phone at (734) 623-2527 and email at firstname.lastname@example.org.