Two Cyclists Dead, Three Injured SUV Crashed Into Them During Michigan Make-A-Wish Bike Tour

Make-A-Wish Michigan canceled the final day of its annual weekend-long Wish-A-Mile Bicycle Tour event out of respect for the families of cyclists killed in a Saturday car crash.

“Our staff and the entire Make-A-Wish family are heartbroken and offer our deepest sympathy for the riders involved, their loved ones, and all members of the WAM community during this difficult time,” the nonprofit said in a statement. “We are thankful to the first responders who arrived immediately to save lives.”

The nonprofit also is offering grief counseling to riders, staff and volunteers participating in the 35th annual tour.

A driver crashed into a group of bicyclists in Ionia County’s Ronald Township on Saturday at about 11:15 a.m., the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office said. The agency described the scene as a “vehicular mass-casualty incident.”

The driver of an SUV┬átraveling north on Stage Road struck a group of five southbound cyclists. The SUV crossed the center line while trying to pass another vehicle, the sheriff’s office said.

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SOURCE: The Detroit News, Carol Thompson