The League of Michigan Bicyclists and its members are still grieving the tragic crash that took place in Kalamazoo County on Tuesday evening.
Since then we have learned the names of the bicyclists involved. We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of Debra Ann Bradley, Melissa Ann Fevig-Hughes, Fred Anton "Tony" Nelson, Lorenz John "Larry" Paulik, and Suzanne Joan Sippel for the loss of their loved ones in this senseless tragedy. We also are keeping Paul Douglas Gobble, Sheila Diane Jeske, Jennifer Lynn Johnson, and Paul Lewis Runnels in our thoughts as they recover from their serious injuries resulting from this incident.
LMB has also learned that the Kalamazoo County Prosecutor charged the driver responsible for the crash with five counts of second-degree murder for the bicyclists that died in the crash, and four counts of reckless driving causing serious impairment for the bicyclists injured in the crash. The Prosecutor has stated that the filing of formal charges is the only first step in the judicial process. We understand the investigation into this crash is not yet over. We are eager to learn all the facts of this incident and await the final report.
LMB will continue to update our members and the bicycling community in the coming days and weeks as we learn more about this tragedy.
Funds to aid the families through this difficult time are being collected by the Kalamazoo Strong Organization.
For information/news regarding the incident, we recommend the following:
Bike Law Michigan