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Five Bicyclists Killed, More Injured in Michigan Car Accident

Jonathan Hernandez4 months ago

Five bicyclists were hit and killed in an accident that happened in Michigan.

Details about the Fatal Bicycle Accident

Multiple sources are reporting that police were searching for a pickup truck after receiving reports that it was driving erratically just minutes before five adults in a group of bicyclists were hit and killed on a street in western Michigan, according to a prosecutor.

According to officials, four other bicyclists suffered from serious injuries on Tuesday evening in the Cooper Township and were taken to local hospitals. All of the victims were adults. The driver of the pickup truck has been described as a 50-year-old man from western Michigan. He reportedly fled the scene of the wrecked vehicle, but police caught up to him a short time later. At this time, charges have yet to be filed.

The bicyclists were riding in a group when they were hit by the erratic driver. The names of the men and women who were killed have not been released, pending full notification of family members.

Important Information about Bicycle Accidents

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there are hundreds of wrongful deaths of bicyclists involved in motor vehicle accidents every year in the United States:

  • In 2014, there were a total of 720 bicyclists who were killed in motor vehicle accidents in the United States.
  • During the same year there was a 4 percent decrease in the number of bicycle fatalities from the previous year.
  • In the past four years, only 17 percent of bicyclists who were killed in a motor vehicle crashes were wearing helmets at the time of the accident. 

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