By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — A recent Dearborn High School graduate died Aug. 15 after his stalled motorcycle was hit by another vehicle in Allen Park.
Colin Johnson, 17, of Dearborn was driving a motorcycle near the area of Outer Drive and Larme Avenue just after 9 p.m. when the motorcycle stalled in the road.
Johnson was then hit from behind by another vehicle. He was taken to Beaumont Hospital-Dearborn where he was pronounced dead.
Allen Park Police Detective Sgt. Vince Genaw said investigators found a helmet at the scene but were unsure if Johnson was wearing it at the time of the collision.
Genaw said the investigation is ongoing.
Genaw declined to identity Johnson, but his family has written a life legacy on the Howe-Peterson Funeral Home website describing their son and the incident.
Johnson graduated from DHS in June and was a member of the school’s marching band and jazz band.
“Colin had two main passions in life, music and horses,” the life legacy read. “He was a much loved musician and member of the Dearborn High School Music Program performing on the trombone with the DHS Marching Band, Concert Band, Brass Quintet, and Jazz Band, as well as the Meridian Elementary, Middle, and High School Music Program. He was also an excellent Horseman who took great pride in his skills and loved and cared greatly for the horses he handled.
“He also loved spending time with his friends and family and was always willing to help anyone at anytime. He was much loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.”
Johnson leaves his parents Nicole Marie McPherson and James Edward Johnson, brother Evan Johnson, step-father Ronald McPherson, step-sisters Alexandra McPherson and Brittany McPherson, step-brother Damion Minton, cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents.
Visitation will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Aug. 22 at Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, 22546 Michigan Ave., followed by a memorial service.
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at [email protected].)