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Woman arrested after striking, killing bicyclist and testing three times legal BAC limit

A 23-year-old woman from Niles was arrested after hitting and killing a 32-year-old bicyclist and testing three times the legal blood-alcohol content limit, according to Berrien County Sheriff's Office. (WWMT/MGN Online)

A 23-year-old woman from Niles was arrested after hitting and killing a 32-year-old bicyclist and testing three times the legal blood-alcohol content limit, according to Berrien County Sheriff's Office.

Berrien County deputies responded to calls of a hit and run around 4:12 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 where they were told a small For SUV struck a bicyclist on Pokagon Road near Jones Road in Berrien Township. The bicyclist, identified as 32-year-old Todd Harrington of Berrien Springs, was pronounced dead at the scene. A witness was able to gather a vehicle description and plat number of the vehicle who struck the bicyclist, which led deputies to the residence of the driver.

The suspect, a 23-year-old Niles woman, was pulled over and arrested for charges of operating while intoxicated causing death and leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Police said she tested three time over the legal BAC limit.

Deputies from Berrien County Sheriff's Office were assisted by Berrien Springs/Oronoko Township Police Department, Michigan State Police, SMCAS Ambulance and Eau Claire Fire Department.


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