The Tragic End Of Michigan's Chain Gang Raises Concerns For Bicyclists [Pics+]
Submitted by: lalapancakes⚫ 10 months ago
The week of June 7th will go down in the bike riding books as a one of the worst vehicle-bike fatal collisions in recent history, according to Triple Pundit. A blue pickup truck driven by a man named Charles Pickett Jr. had been seen driving erratically earlier in the night. The suspect had already had calls about his erratic driving behavior before he rammed a group of nine friends and bike riders from behind, killing five and injuring four.
From Triple Pundit:
“Killed in the crash Tuesday, June 7, on North Westnedge Avenue north of Kalamazoo were Debra Ann Bradley, 53, of Augusta; Melissa Ann Fevig Hughes, 42, of Augusta; Fred Anton "Tony" Nelson, 73, of Kalamazoo; Lorenz John "Larry" Paulik, 74, of Kalamazoo and Suzanne Joan Sippel, 56, of Augusta. The four seriously injured were Paul Douglas Gobble, 47 of Richland, Sheila Diane Jeske, 53, of Richland, Jennifer Lynn Johnson, 40 of Kalamazoo and Paul Lewis Runnels, 65, of Richland.”
It’s important to note that getting hit from behind, on your bike is a rare kind of accident. Any time I read about riders getting hit from behind, it’s usually due to intent over a true accident. In this case, Pickett Jr. has been found guilty of being under the influence of drugs.
In any case, while a man sits in jail waiting for a competency test to stand trial for ramming nine bicyclists, a group of friends who called themselves the 'Chain Gang' will ride no more.