KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety has released its police report on the June 7 crash in which five bicyclists were killed and four more were injured by an erratically driven pickup truck.
The report sheds more light on the suspect, Charles Pickett Jr., and the events leading up to the fatal crash.
A homeowner on G Avenue in Kalamazoo Township called police to report a truck that had cut across his lawn, traveling between a tree and his house and then over some landscaping before going back onto the road before the crash, the documents show. The truck then left the road in front of Kalamazoo Central High School, hitting a metal sign pole.
Another witness told police the truck driver appeared drunk just before the fatal crash, weaving over the middle line and the shoulder of the road with leaves on the front grill of the vehicle.
The reports also reveal more about Pickett’s state when was arrested after the crash and taken to the hospital. Police said he was being combative and had to be held down by officers so a CT scan could be done.
Pickett is facing a number of charges, including five counts of operating while intoxicated causing death. Prosecutors say he was under the influence of a drug at the time of the crash, but they haven’t said what that drug was.
The last survivor of the crash was released from the hospital Thursday.
Pickett’s criminal case has been delayed as he undergoes a competency exam.