DUI arrest after bicyclist hit, killed by SUV

The sheriff's department at the scene of a car-bicycle crash on Egypt Valley Avenue NE. (July 9, 2014)

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A bicyclist died after being hit by an SUV Wednesday evening, after which the driver of the SUV was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

The crash happened around 7 p.m. in the 3200 block of Egypt Valley Avenue NE, between Three and Four Mile roads in Ada Township, east of Grand Rapids.

The bicyclist — a 52-year-old Grand Rapids man — was headed up a hill when he was hit from behind, deputies say. He was killed on impact. Attempts to revive him using CPR on scene failed.

The driver of the Mercury Mountaineer involved in the crash, a 61-year-old Bitely man, was arrested for driving under the influence, according to the Kent County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspect was identified by his brother as Steve Jones.

Steve Jones. (Courtesy the Kent County Correctional Facility - July 9, 2014)
(Steve Jones. Courtesy the Kent County Correctional Facility – July 9, 2014)

Kent County jail records show Steven Fredrick Jones was booked into the jail Wednesday. Michigan State Police records show he faces a charge of felony homicide dated Wednesday.

“He’s probably crying his eyes out right now. And for this to happen, he’s probably not feeling well. I know he’s not feeling well,” Jones’s brother Dale Gant told 24 Hour News 8 Wednesday night.

Gant said Jones may have had a drink with some medication.

When his brother didn’t come home from work and didn’t call, Gant said he went looking for Jones.

“I decided to backtrack and come back from home. I found my brother’s truck and someone laying on the side of the road,” Gant said. “It’s sad that this had to happen.”

When asked Wednesday night if there was anything he would like to say to the victim’s family, Gant said “my heart goes out to you.”

“My wife was left paralyzed by a drunk driver, but I can hug her, I can kiss her every day. She tells me she loves me every day,” he continued. “Here’s a family that would never be able to say that to them again. He will never be able to tell his loved ones he loves them. It’s over.”

The case will be sent to the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office, and prosecutors will determine whether more charges should be filed.

Neighbors said people often drive very fast down a hill where the crash happened.

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