COOPER TOWNSHIP (WWJ/AP) – The names of five adults killed and four hurt when a pickup truck slammed into a group of bicyclists in the Kalamazoo area have been released.
Authorities said Wednesday that 53-year-old Debra Ann Bradley of Augusta; 42-year-old Melissa Ann Fevig-Hughes of Augusta; 73-year-old Fred Anton Nelson of Kalamazoo; 73-year-old Lorenz John Paulik of Kalamazoo and 56-year-old Suzanne Joan Sippel of Augusta died at the scene of Tuesday evening’s crash in Cooper Township.READ MORE: Study Suggests Replacing Michigan's Fuel Tax With Mileage-Based User Fees
The injured bicyclists are Paul Gobble, Sheila Jeske, Jennifer Johnson and Paul Runnels. They are being treated at area hospitals, but were expected to survive. Authorities and three of them remained in serious condition and one was fair.
Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting has said police received calls three 911 calls, early Tuesday evening, about a pickup traveling erratically just prior to the group getting hit, just after 6:30 p.m., in Cooper Township — a few miles from Kalamazoo.
A 50-year-old western Michigan man who was arrested following the crash remains jailed pending formal expected to be filed on Thursday.READ MORE: Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy Seeks Additional Funding To Investigate LGBTQ Hate Crimes
Getting said authorities were searching for the driver, but there was no active pursuit at the time of the accident.
An investigation continues are prosecutors await further evidence in the case.
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