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2 killed, 3 hospitalized after car crash during Make A Wish bike tour

Make A Wish bike tour tragedy as two killed and three hospitalized after SUV drives into cyclists

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Make A Wish bike tour tragedy as two killed and three hospitalized after SUV drives into cyclists

According to the authorities, a car struck a group of bikers in Ionia County, causing two deaths and three injuries.

It occurred during the 35th annual Make-A-Wish Michigan Wish-A-Mile (WAM) Bicycle Tour.

The incident occurred around 11 a.m. on the 3000 block of Stage Road in Ronald Township, according to the police.

According to investigators, an SUV travelling northbound crossed the center line in an attempt to pass another vehicle and struck the five cyclists as they were travelling southbound on Stage Road.

One of the cyclists was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, while the other was airlifted to a hospital in Grand Rapids by AeroMed before he succumbed to his injuries there.

The three riders who were able to survive the collision are all currently being treated in hospitals for what the authorities are describing as severe injuries.

The individual who was driving the SUV was taken into custody on two counts of operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol while causing death. Following the completion of their medical treatment, they have been taken into custody and will be held at the Ionia County Jail.

The identities of the five bikers, all of whom are male, are being withheld at this time so that their families can be notified.

The driver’s name has also not been made public until he or she is charged and sentenced.

Make-A-Wish Michigan released a statement regarding the tragedy, saying, “We are profoundly saddened to share that a tragic accident occurred in Lionia County today involving cyclists riding in the Make-A-Wish® Michigan 35th Annual Wish-A-Mile® (WAM) Bicycle Tour.” “Following an automobile collision, two riders perished and three others sustained injuries. The whole Make-A-Wish family, including our team, is devastated and extends its condolences to the affected riders, their families, and every member of the WAM community during this trying time. We appreciate the emergency personnel for responding quickly to preserve lives. We are providing bereavement counselling to our passengers, employees, and volunteers in addition to helping the police investigation. Out of respect for the family, the third day of our WAM 300 as well as our one-day WAM 50 and WAM Jr. slated for Sunday, July 31 have been cancelled.”


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