IONIA, Mich. – A woman was charged Monday with causing the deaths of two cyclists who were hit by her vehicle while driving at a weekend charity event in western Michigan.
Five men were shot Saturday in Ionia County during a three-day trip for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The two dead have been identified as Edward Erickson, 48, of Ann Arbor, and Michael Salhaney, 57, of Bloomfield Hills.
Mandy Benn, 43, was charged with death by drunk driving and other counts. It is not yet known if she has an immediate lawyer.
Prosecutor Kyle Butler said Benn was trying to pass a UPS truck on a country road Saturday when she crossed the middle line and hit cyclists.
Butler said she didn’t have alcohol on her but was livid and couldn’t follow instructions.
There was evidence that she was on prescription medication, he said.
“People want to believe that cyclists can protect themselves by wearing the right protective equipment, using the right lights, or riding their bikes right,” said Matt Penniman of the Michigan Cycling Union. way. “None of that is enough to protect these riders, and blaming the victim is never appropriate.”