At least five people were killed and four others seriously injured Tuesday when a hit-and-run driver plowed into a group of cyclists in Kalamazoo County, Michigan.
The cyclists were struck by a blue Chevrolet pickup truck while riding on the shoulder of a local street, Kalamazoo County Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey Getting said.
The driver, identified as a 50-year-old man from western Michigan, was located a short distance from the crash scene and arrested.
According to Getting, three different police agencies received phone calls regarding the truck’s erratic driving in the minutes prior to the crash.
Getting became emotional as he spoke about a Kalamazoo community still reeling from a deadly rampage in February where Uber driver Jason Dalton allegedly killed six people and injured two others.
“I’m at a loss to describe the impact to the community from these incidents,” Getting said.
“I have every confidence in Kalamazoo and I know how the community will respond to this,” Getting continued. “I just wish we had more of an opportunity to get our feet under us before we had to do it again.”
Getting would not elaborate on the severity of the injuries suffered by the four injured cyclists.
Authorities had initially reported that some of the victims were children.
It was later determined that all of the victims were adults, Getting said.