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Conditions of 2 Kalamazoo bike crash victims upgraded

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The conditions of two of the injured victims from the June 7 bike crash have been upgraded.

A Bronson Methodist Hospital spokesperson reports that Paul Runnels has been upgraded to ‘fair’ condition and Sheila Jeske has been upgraded to ‘good’ condition.

Paul Gobble and Jennifer Johnson were also injured in the crash. Gobble was most recently listed in ‘serious’ condition and Johnson was listed in ‘fair’ condition, both at Borgess Hospital.

Five people were killed in the crash on North Westnedge Avenue: Fred Anton (Tony) Nelson, 73, of Kalamazoo; Larry Paulik, 74, of Kalamazoo; Debbie Bradley, 53, of Augusta; Suzanne Sippel, 56, of Agusta; and Melissa Ann Fevig-Hughes, 42, of Augusta.

Charges have been authorized by a judge against Charles Edward Picket Jr., 50, in connection with the crash.  He faces five counts of second-degree murder and four counts of reckless driving causing serious injury.  He has not yet been arraigned.



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