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Bicyclist hit, killed by truck in Portage ID'd

24 Hour News 8 web staff - PORTAGE, Mich. (WOOD) -- Police have identified a bicyclist who was killed Monday evening when he was hit by a pickup truck.

The crash happened around 6 p.m. on Portage Road in front of the Pfizer plant. Portage Department of Public Safety Deputy Chief John Blue said the truck was northbound when it hit the bicyclist, who was also traveling northbound.

Police have identified the victim as 20-year-old Jeremy Smith of Kalamazoo.

Police said witnesses and first responders tried to help Smith, but he died from his injuries at the scene.

The driver of the truck is a 20-year-old from Hartford, police said.

The crash is still under investigation. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Portage Department of Public Safety at 269.329.4567 or Silent Observer at 269.343.2100.


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