KALAMAZOO, Mich. – A man involved in a 2016 crash that killed five bicyclists and injured four others in southwestern Michigan was found guilty Tuesday on all charges.
Charles Pickett was found guilty on five counts of second-degree murder, five counts of operating while intoxicated causing death and four counts of operating while intoxicated causing serious injury.
Pickett was accused of driving under the influence of drugs and plowing into a group of bicyclists in Cooper Township on June 7, 2016. His girlfriend told police he downed handfuls of pain pills and muscle relaxers before driving.
Pickett’s lawyer argued the evidence established, at most, the elements of reckless driving causing death.