Deadly K’zoo bicycle crash may renew safer road push

Posted at 9:33 PM, Jun 18, 2016

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Kalamazoo lawmaker says the recent crash that killed five bicyclists may renew the push to make roads safer for people not driving cars.

Two state senators have introduced legislation after a pickup truck crashed into a group of bikers June 7 in the Kalamazoo area that could mean tougher penalties for those who fatally hit a bicyclist. It would extend existing penalties for those who hit construction workers.

5 victims killed in bicycle crash.

5 victims killed in bicycle crash.

Kalamazoo Democratic state Rep. Jon Hoadley says the tragedy underscores the need to make roads safer.

Five people were killed and four were injured when a pickup struck a group of bicyclists on a road in Kalamazoo County’s Cooper Township.

The driver of the pickup, Charles Pickett Jr., has been charged with second-degree murder.