2 cyclists killed and 3 injured by SUV that crossed center line, authorities say

The five cyclists were all participating in the Make-A-Wish Bike Ride, a three-day fundraising event and endurance race that spans most of the state, according to the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office. .
The cyclists were traveling south when the northbound SUV crossed the center line, the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post.

Ionia County is about 40 miles east of Grand Rapids.

A cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene while another died of injuries at a nearby hospital, the sheriff’s office said. The three surviving cyclists were taken to hospitals with serious injuries, officials added.

The SUV driver was arrested on two counts of DUI causing death and taken to the Ionia County Jail, the sheriff’s office added. Authorities have not released the driver’s name pending charges and an indictment.

The names of the cyclists have also not been released. An investigation is ongoing, the sheriff’s office added.

The Make-a-Wish Foundation expressed its condolences to the cyclists and their loved ones in a statement shared with CNN.

“Our staff and the entire Make-A-Wish family are heartbroken and offer our deepest sympathy to the runners involved, their loved ones and all members of the WAM community during this difficult time,” the organization said. “We are grateful to the first responders who arrived immediately to save lives. We are supporting our passengers, staff and volunteers by offering bereavement counseling and assisting with the law enforcement investigation.”

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