Bicycle ride in Eaton County turns deadly


EATON CO., Mich (WLNS) – Police tell us they still don’t know what caused the collision between a car and a bicyclist, but the biking community is mourning another loss, this time right here in Eaton County.

Before the crash happened, more than 300 cyclists gathered in grand ledge to ride in the 37th annual 100,000 Metre T-shirt ride, and many put on black arm bands, to remember the five bikers killed in Kalamazoo on Tuesday.

No one thought they’d go through similar circumstances today here as well.

In fact, many have been more cautious because of Tuesday’s tragedy.

“I’ve been a bit more aware on the road of other vehicles and other bikers,” Samuel Sanderson said.

Organizers of today’s ride say these tragedies can happen to anyone.

“It’s a fact of life that if you’re bicycling on the road, you’re also on the road with cars, and there’s some risk, but for the most part it’s a pretty safe sport,” Ride Coordinator Harry Levins said.

Ride Director Ralph Bednarz says everyone needs to be safe on the roads.

“We need to share the roads with the vehicles. We need to follow the rules of the roads. And hopefully if everybody does their job, bicycling will be a safe activity,” Bednarz said.

Unfortunately today, many bikers were left in shock that yet another death could happen so soon after the five were killed in Kalamazoo.

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