They were cyclists and church members -- now, the region is remembering the victims of the deadly Kalamazoo crash.
Five bicyclists were killed and four others seriously injured when they were struck by a pickup truck Tuesday, June 7, on a road north of Kalamazoo.
The truck became disabled after striking the bicyclists and when police arrived, they found a man they believed to be the driver not far away on foot. The man was arrested and since has been in police custody.
- More: After hitting cyclists, truck looked like it hit 'brick wall'
- Related: Kalamazoo cycling tragedy: How you can help
Five people were pronounced dead at the scene. Two of the victims went to Bronson Methodist Hospital, with two others taken to Borgess Medical Center.
The cyclists injured are Paul Douglas Gobble, 47 of Richland; Sheila Diane Jeske, 53, of Richland; Jennifer Lynn Johnson, 40, of Kalamazoo; and Paul Lewis Runnels, 65, of Richland, according to a news release.
Gobble, Jeske and Runnels are currently listed in serious condition. Johnson is listed in fair condition.
Five people who were killed in the crash have been publicly identified by authorities Wednesday.
Victims of the Kalamazoo-area bicycling crash:
- Debra Ann Bradley, 53, of Augusta. She was a member of St. Anne’s Parish in Gull Lake.
- Melissa Ann Fevig-Hughes, 42, of Augusta.
- Fred Anton (Tony) Nelson, 73, of Kalamazoo. He was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Student Parish in Kalamazoo.
- Lorenz John (Larry) Paulik, 74, of Kalamazoo. He also was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Student Parish.
- Suzanne Joan Sippel, 56, of Augusta. She was an employee at Michigan State University's W.K. Kellogg Biological Station.
University spokesman Kent Cassella provided the following statement:The W. K. Kellogg Biological Station and MSU community are deeply saddened by the news of Suzanne Sippel’s tragic passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Suzanne during this very difficult time and our focus is on providing caring support to them. For those in the MSU community who may be personally affected by this tragedy, resources are available at the MSU Counseling Center. More information can be found at http://www.counseling.msu.edu/.