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A Year After Michigan Driver Killed Five Cyclists, The Survivors Struggle

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A Year After Michigan Driver Killed Five Cyclists, The Survivors Struggle

It’s been a year since one of the most serious cycling accidents in recent times when a Michigan driver killed five cyclists.

A report in the Oakland Press News highlighted the trauma faced over the last 12 years by the four survivors. Some of them were seriously injured in the crash.

The riders were struck by a blue pickup truck seen being driven erratically only minutes earlier, police in Kalamazoo said.

The 50-year-old driver is said to have taken large quantities of pain pills and muscle relaxers before the crash. Five of the riders of the Chain Gang Bicycle Club died at the scene and four others were seriously injured.

Paul Gobble is one of the survivors. He told the Oakland Press News that the survivors faced a long and painful battle. And those who survived faced a “pretty grim and unfortunate realization.”

Although Gobble was wearing a helmet, he sustained a brain injury, broken ribs, a broken leg and fractured vertebrae in his back and neck.

He still rides his bike but faces a feeling of numbness, general pain, and endurance issues.

Gobble told the Oakland Press News in an interview.

“I am humbled and amazed that I have been through what I have been through and recovered as I have. It is fascinating when I speak with the doctors and they talk about the brain, and it has a lot of capacity to adapt or be fixed. While I still have challenges that I deal with, I am comforted.”

Gobble carries a video camera with him on rides to record his trips in case he’s ever hit again by a vehicle. He said these kinds of cameras are becoming more common to record aggressive drivers.

The case in which a Michigan driver killed five cyclists is an extreme accident, but riders face daily dangers on the roads of Virginia and elsewhere.

The pickup driver, Charles Edward Pickett Jr., was charged with five counts of second-degree murder after he crashed his pickup truck into the cycling group, according to Kalamazoo County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Getting.

He was charged with a further four counts of reckless driving causing serious impairment. He could face life in prison on the murder charges.
At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we champion the rights of those on two wheels. If you have been hurt in an accident please call our Virginia cycling injury lawyers at (757) 455-0077.

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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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