UPDATE-Driver charged in deadly Michigan cycling crash

Aug 3, 2022

A 42-year-old woman has been charged in connection with the death of two bicyclists on Saturday, July 30.

According to the Ionia County Sheriff’s Department, five cyclists were participating in the Make-A-Wish Bicycle Tour when they were struck by an SUV at approximately 11:15 a.m on July 30 . Mandy Marie Benn was traveling northbound on Stage Road moved into the southbound lanes to go around a UPS truck that was slowing down to stop. The motorist struck the oncoming cyclists, and the sheriff’s department confirmed one person died at the scene, while another was rushed to a hospital in Grand Rapids, where he died. Three other cyclists were injured and hospitalized.

The two men have been identified by as Edward Erickson, a 48-year-old man from Ann Arbor, and Michael Salhaney, a 57-year-old man from Bloomfield Hills. As of Monday, only one victim remains hospitalized. Authorities said they are expected to recover. The other two victims have been treated and since released from the hospital. Authorities said they do not believe the motorist saw the bicyclists prior to the crash and added the collision happened on a straight roadway with no visual obstructions.

The driver has been formally charged with two counts of operating while intoxicated resulting in death, one count of operating while intoxicated, and one count of second offence operating while intoxicated. She is being held at Ionia County Jail on a $1,000,000 cash/surety bond.

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