Five Bicyclists Killed and Four More Injured in Tragic Michigan Hit-and-Run


Five bicyclists were killed Tuesday night and four others seriously injured after a pickup plowed into a group of bicyclists north of Kalamazoo, police said. 

In the minutes before the bicyclists were hit, police were actively looking for the pickup as they had gotten three separate calls from concerned citizens that the driver was driving erratically, police said.

Police said the driver, a 50-year-old West Michigan resident, was in custody and a decision on possible charges would be likely on Thursday.

The five victims were pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Two of the people involved in the crash are being treated at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, said a spokeswoman, Carolyn Wyllie, who declined to disclose any more details.

Names of the driver and victims were not released as police were still notifying families late Tuesday. All were adults, who apparently were riding together northbound on North Westnedge Avenue when they were struck from behind.

Tuesday evening, the road was shut down and clogged with dozens of emergency vehicles. Concerned neighbors looked on in horror as word of the tragedy circulated.

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Source: USA Today | Detroit Free Press