Rochester Area Cyclist in Critical Condition after Make-A-Wish Bicycle Tour Crash

Two cyclists were killed and three others were being treated for severe injuries after a sport utility vehicle (SUV) struck them during the Make-A-Wish Bicycle Tour across Michigan on Saturday, July 30, in Ionia County.

According to investigators, the SUV was traveling northbound on Stage Road in Ronald Township, crossed the centerline near Nickleplate Road attempting to pass UPS truck in a no-passing zone, and crashed into the cyclists at around 11:00 a.m. The driver is accused of being intoxicated.

One male cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene, and another was flown by helicopter to a Grand Rapids hospital where he died from his injuries.

“All three of the surviving cyclists had severe injuries,” according to the sheriff’s statement. Their names have not been released. However, Rochester Media has learned that at least one survivor is from the Rochester area.

The cyclists were participating in the Wish-A-Mile Bicycle tour, the largest Make-A-Wish fundraising event in the state of Michigan, which began in 1987 as a 300-mile, three-day endurance ride from Canton to Mackinac.

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