ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Kent County sheriff’s deputies have released the name of the bicyclist hit and killed Wednesday in Ada Township.
Fifty-two-year-old Jeff Dykehouse of Grand Rapids was struck just before 7 p.m. between Three Mile Road and Four Mile Road in the 3200 block of Egypt Valley Avenue NE.
We’re told Dykehouse was riding his bike northbound on Egypt Valley when 61-year-old Steven Jones of Bitely, Mich., who was driving a Mercury Mountaineer, hit him from behind.
Deputies say Jones was arrested at the scene for operating under the influence.
Dykehouse was known for giving back and was a well-known photographer in the Grand Rapids area. He started “Emily’s Big Picture Project,” a nonprofit capturing the moments of sick children for families to have forever after losing his own daughter to leukemia at 14 months.
Dykehouse’s death was a shock to many in the community. He was also a Kent County reserve officer and avid cyclist with Team Troll, a team working to raise awareness and funds for Parkinson’s disease through the Van Andel Institute.
Captain Donald Degroot, head of the reserve unit, said Dykehouse was a man of integrity who had a big heart and will be missed.
Degroot said he was always volunteering to help and never had to be asked twice. “I don’t know of anybody that didn’t like him. He could get along with anybody,” Degroot said.
Jones wasn’t arraigned Thursday and was released from jail. The prosecutor’s office says they are waiting on charges until they get blood test results back.
Fox17 did speak with Jones’ brother Thursday morning. He said Jones has vertigo and was taking medication for it. His family says their thoughts and prayers go out to the victims.