2 cyclists dead, 3 injured after being hit by SUV during Make-A-Wish race

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Two bicyclists were killed and three others injured when a car hit them in Ronald Township, Michigan, Saturday morning, law enforcement officials said.

The cyclists were participating in the Make-A-Wish Michigan 35th Annual Wish-A-Mile Bicycle Tour, a three-day endurance ride through most of Michigan, when they were hit, officials said.

According to the Ionia County Sheriff Office, the men were traveling south when they were hit by an SUV traveling north.

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One cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene, while the other was flown to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, but died of his injuries. The three cyclists who survived were taken to hospital with serious injuries, police said.

Police are not releasing any information about the driver pending an investigation, but he was arrested on two counts of “Operating While Drunk” which resulted in death.

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“It is with a heavy heart that we remember our riders who were affected by the tragedy yesterday,” Make-A-Wish Michigan tweeted on Sunday. “Our employees and the entire Make-A-Wish family are heartbroken and offer our deepest condolences to the riders involved, their loved ones and all members of the Wish-A-Mile (WAM) community at this time.”

The names of the riders will be released as soon as all next of kin are informed.

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