KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Plans are underway to create a permanent memorial for the nine victims of the Kalamazoo cycling tragedy.
On June 7, 2017, a pickup truck plunged into a group of cyclists. Five riders from The Chain Gang were killed, including Debbie Bradley, Melissa Fevig-Hughes, Tony Nelson, Larry Paulik and Suzanne Sippel. Another four others were seriously injured: Paul Gobble, Shiela Jeske, Jennifer Johnson and Paul Runnels.
Toni Daniels with Kalamazoo Strong says the organization is working with a local artist who understands the gravity of what happened a year ago and will be able to create a proper lasting tribute.
“A lot of great people (are) coming together to make this happen,” said Daniels.
She said the memorial is in its infancy stages, but will include granite stone, iron artwork and nearby benches for people to sit and reflect on the lives lost. It will replace a makeshift memorial near Cooper Township’s Markin Glen Park, at the site of the deadly crash.
Kalamazoo Strong says the Kalamazoo Parks and Recreation Department has approved the project, which will be built in Markin Glen Park.
Daniels says survivors of the June 7, 2016 crash and loved ones of those who died are contributing to the planning process.
“They were all very much involved and will continue to be,” she said.