Charlie Pickett faces new charges this afternoon, June 9, 2016, on a reckless driving charge which injured four and killed five, on June 7, in Battle Creek, Michigan. The new charges authorized this afternoon were five counts of second-degree murder, as well as four counts of driving while seriously impaired.
The cyclists, as reported by Detroit Free Press, were members of the group called, The Chain Gang, and made their rides a ritual on every Tuesday. It is also reported by the Detroit Free Press, that the bicyclists were riding on a two-lane road north of Kalamazoo, at around 6:30 p.m. CDT when a pickup truck smashed into The Chain Gang from behind.
The bicyclists that were killed have been identified as, Debra Ann BradleyMelissa Ann Fevig-Hughes, Fred Anton Nelson, Lorenz John Paulik, and Suzanne Joan Sippel. Those injured are Paul Douglas Gobble, Shelia Diane Jeska, Jennifer Lynn Johnson, and Paul Lewis Runnels.
There have been reports that Pickett was intoxicated when he hit the cyclists. However, there have no charges for DWI/DUI filed. The prosecutor stated they were waiting for evidence to be analyzed by the Michigan State Labs. There may be more charges filed in the future.
By Tracy Blake
Edited by Cathy Milne
Detriot Free Press: Driver charged with murder in deaths of 5 Kalamazoo cyclists
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