Man arraigned in crash that severely injured bicyclists

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

A Detroit man was arraigned Tuesday almost one month after he allegedly struck and seriously injured two bicyclists while driving near the University of Detroit on the city’s west side.

Lamar Pierre Odom, 30, allegedly struck the male and female victims around 11 a.m. June 29 near Parkside and West McNichols, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

He was arraigned Tuesday on two counts driving with a suspended license causing serious injury and two counts of a moving violation causing serious injury, officials said. He received a bond of $250,000, 10 percent.

Odom is accused of driving “at a high rate of speed” as he illegally passed a car on the right side of the road and slammed on the brakes to avoid another vehicle. His vehicle slid about 55 feet before striking the bicyclists, who sustained serious injuries and were transported to a local hospital for treatment.

No further information was available on the victims’ conditions Tuesday. They were out riding as part of the Belle Isle cycling group, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Odom is due back in court Aug. 2 for a probable cause conference and again Aug. 8 for a preliminary exam, officials said. Both hearings will be held before 36th District Court Judge Shannon Holmes.

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