KALAMAZOO (WWJ/AP) – A bicyclist who survived being hit by a pickup truck that killed five of her fellow riders in southwestern Michigan says she has no recollection of the crash scene.
Sheila Jeske tells WOOD-TV she visited the crash site in Kalamazoo County’s Cooper Township after being discharged from the hospital. She says: “All I can say it was a beautiful place that they took their final breath.”
Jeske’s injuries from the June 7 crash included a dislocated hip, broken ankle, broken ribs, a collapsed lung and bruises. Jeske remembers it was a cool night for a ride by the group calling itself “The Chain Gang.” Three other riders who survived being hit are recovering.
The pickup driver is charged with second-degree murder and other crimes. He’s being held without bond.
Police said they had received complaints about a pickup being driven erratically and were searching for it minutes before the crash. The driver fled but was caught by police shortly afterward.
The bicyclists killed have been identified as as Debra Ann Bradley, 53; Melissa Ann Fevig-Hughes, 42; Suzanne Joan Sippel, 56, all of Augusta; and Fred Anton “Tony” Nelson, 73, and Lorenz John “Larry” Paulik, 74, both of Kalamazoo.
The group was about five miles into a planned 30-mile ride when they were struck.
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