GRAND RAPIDS TWP., Mich. – A Grand Rapids man has entered a guilty plea in connection with the death of a bicyclist last summer.
Benjamin Vanderploeg, 50, entered guilty pleas for all six charges he was facing, including Operating with a Suspended License Causing Death and Failure to Stop at the Scene of a Serious Personal Injury Accident and Operating While Intoxicated.
Vanderploeg was accused of hitting Charles Driggers, 66, while he was riding his bike on Cannonsburg Road near Chauncey Avenue at about 8:30 p.m. Aug. 17, 2016. Driggers died from his injuries several days later. Driggers had been training for an Iron Man competition.
Vanderploeg will be sentenced July 18.