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Michigan Bicycle Accident Victims

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Michigan Bicycle Accident Victims

Five adults died June 7, 2016, after a pickup truck hit a group of bicyclists north of Kalamazoo, Michigan, according to multiple news sources.

A suspect was in the custody of police in connection with the deaths, according to authorities.

Jeff Getting, the Kalamazoo County prosecutor, said during a televised news conference Tuesday evening that four other bicyclists were hospitalized with serious injuries. The nine bicyclists were struck by a blue Chevrolet pickup truck as the riders ascended a hill on North Westnedge Avenue near G Avenue in Cooper Township, Michigan.

First responders arrived within two minutes, he said. The truck, which was disabled as a result of the damage from the impact, was found near the accident scene.

Getting said a police investigation of the accident is underway. All of the victims were adult riders.

“There is very little I can or will tell you about how exactly this accident happened,” he said.

Getting offered his condolences to the affected families.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims,” he said. “I can’t even begin to image what they’re going through.”

“I’m at a loss to describe how I feel,” Getting said.

The names of the victims were withheld pending notification of relatives.

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