Trail Started For Kzoo Cycling Tragedy

Testimony started in the trial of the man facing the accusation of hitting and killing five bicyclists in the summer of 2016 north of Kalamazoo. The name of the accused is Charles Pickett Jr. and is charged with five counts of second-degree murder, and five counts of driving intoxicated causing death and four counts of irresponsible driving causing impairment.

The selection of jury started on Monday concluded Tuesday afternoon, after this attorney gave opening statements, and then prosecution called its first witness. Starting the trial, the prosecution said the evidence produced in the trial will show that Pickett was traveling about 58 mph in a 35 mph zone and he showed no signs of breaking rules, until the truck he was driving hit the first cyclist, and the same evidence will show that he had many controlled substances in his system.

The prosecutor also mentioned that day Pickett was feeling down and told one of his friends that, “I would be better off dead in an hour before the crash.” In his opening statement itself, the attorney of Pickett admitted that he had crashed into the group of cyclists; however, he added that there is more required to find him guilty. The defense said, “This incident is not merely causation. There is a state of mind that required that there are some other elements that you have to look at. So, just the fact Mr. Pickett drove a vehicle and it killed some people and injured some other people, that’s enough.”

The investigators of the case, during the trail said Pickett took consumed muscle relaxers and pain pills on the 7th of June 2016, before driving his truck into a group of bicyclists in Cooper Township on Westnedge Avenue. Meth and Marijuana were also discovered in his truck, authorities say.