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Woman killed in motorcycle crash remembered for her service

Linda McTague

CALHOUN COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – On Thursday an Augusta man was charged with operating while intoxicated causing death in Calhoun County.

Battle Creek Police say Stephen Landers pulled out in front of a 59-year-old woman who was riding a motorcycle on Wednesday night, killing her.

In court Wednesday Landers’ attorney said his client does not have any criminal record. He collided with a motorcycle driven by Linda McTague on M-37 in Bedford Township Wednesday night.

Newschannel 3 has learned that McTague was a valued member of the community.

Landers was officially arraigned Wednesday afternoon. Police say he had been drinking before the collision.

“I’m going to set your bond in this case at ten thousand dollars,” said the judge.

The woman killed in the crash was Linda McTague, former founding board member of Talons Out Honor Flight.

She’s a decorated veteran and a retired Brigadier General in the Air Force.

“She wanted to honor others and serve others,” said Talons Out Vice President Dan Moyle, “and so her legacy will definitely be one of humble servant leadership.”

Moyle says McTague was riding with a friend when the crash occurred.

“Somehow the other rider managed to avoid getting hit,” said Moyle, “swerved or whatever it was, but there was nowhere for Linda to go I guess.”

Moyle says it’s important for him to now share McTague’s story, and tell people who she was.

“I don’t want her to be just the footnote of another drunk driver statistic kind of thing,” said Moyle.

Moyle says the Honor Flight community will miss McTague’s humble spirit and the wisdom she lent the program.

“We lost a part of our heart for sure,” said Moyle. “We lost a quiet leader who worked hard at what she did and loved it, and brought a joy to us.”

On Wednesday, Landers’ family was present and supporting him in the courtroom. He was ordered to not consume any alcohol if he posts bond.

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