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Andrew Krietz, WZZM 12:33 p.m. EDT June 22, 2016

(Photo: Kalamazoo Sheriff’s Department, Associated Press)

KALAMAZOO — The man accused of hitting nine bicyclists with his truck, killing five people, faces new charges — five counts of operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death.

Charles Pickett Jr. was under the influence of a drug, but Kalamazoo County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Getting did not detail which drug nor the legality of the substance. Getting said he could not elaborate on “how high” Pickett was when he allegedly struck the nine bicyclists with his truck Tuesday, June 7, on a roadway just north of Kalamazoo.

The suspect already has been charged with five counts of second degree murder and four counts of reckless driving causing serious impairment.

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