Suspect in deadly bicycle crash arraigned on murder charges

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Charles Pickett mugshot

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The man accused of driving his pickup truck into a crowd of bicyclists, killing five people and injuring four more, was formally charged Friday.

Charles Pickett, Jr. is charged with five counts of second-degree murder and four counts of reckless driving causing serious injury for the crash on Tuesday night on North Westnedge Avenue.

Pickett was ordered held without bond.  He is scheduled to be back in court June 22.


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  • Ken

    Does Kalamazoo’s prosecutor have ESP? How could he charge the with second degree and not 1st degree in just a few hours? You would have thought he/she would have interviewed a few of this piece of garbage’s acquaintances to find out if he had made any remarks about his desire to hit a bunch of cyclists. As a cyclist myself, I see these pick-up truck drivers with faces like this guy flipping me off, swerving as if going to hit… I cycle to keep my weight down and because I can’t stand the treadmill, but I go out on the roads and sometimes get these attitudes from these desolate faces in pick-up trucks who slow down and eyeball me. It’s as if they think i’m riding my bike 40 miles to make some kind of political statement! These losers actually are oblivious that a large portion of society actually cares about their health and have to find an exercise routine to keep in shape and keep healthy. Second degree murder my ass! Recall your prosecutor! We are not making a political statement by working out on a bike! The people I ride with, retired Family Physician, retired Psychiatrist, electrical engineers, truck drivers, a pharmacist…, don’t discuss politics because we are so diverse. We’re not environmentalists! I love my gas guzzling car and truck. It’s just a workout..

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