US driver charged with murdering cyclists

2016-06-10 13:28


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Detroit - A Michigan prosecutor has filed murder charges against the 50-year-old driver of a pickup truck that struck a group of cyclists out for a casual ride, killing five of them and seriously injuring four others.

Kalamazoo county prosecutor Jeffrey Getting charged Charles Pickett Jr of Battle Creek with five counts of second-degree murder and four counts of reckless driving. 

Pickett is in hospital and in police custody. He will appear in court as soon as his health permits, said Getting.

Police are continuing to gather information on what led to the crash and the charges were the first step in the legal process, he said.

The cyclists range in age from 40 to 74. They were 8km into a weekly 48km ride when they were struck from behind near a park.

Police said they had received complaints about a pickup being driven erratically and were searching for it minutes before the crash on the two-lane road.

The driver fled on foot but was caught by police shortly afterward.

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