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Memorial unveiled for Michigan bike crash victims, survivors

June 8, 2018
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One of five bikes atop the Kalamazoo bike tragedy memorial at Markin Glen Park in Cooper Township, Mich., Thursday, June 7, 2018. Each of the five bike represents one person killed while riding their bicycles on June 7, 2016. Four others were also injured in the crash. (Joel Bissell/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group via AP)

COOPER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A southwestern Michigan community has unveiled a memorial to the victims and survivors of one the country’s deadliest vehicle-bike crashes.

The memorial was revealed on Thursday evening near Kalamazoo, in the area where a reckless driver in 2016 crashed his pickup truck into a pack of bicyclists, killing five. The cyclists were part of a club called the Kalamazoo Chain Gang, which planned the memorial and held a bike ride after the unveiling.

WWMT-TV reports two sons rode to honor their fathers killed in the crash.

Three women also were killed. The motorist, Charles Pickett, was convicted last month of second-degree murder and is scheduled to be sentenced Monday. There was no dispute he swallowed painkillers and other drugs before driving, although his lawyers argued murder charges were excessive.

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