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July 9, 2013

3 women in 3 years hit by dark truck

TRAVERSE CITY — Kylee Bonne “sank to the floor” after seeing a news story flash on her cellphone: A Traverse City woman died after a dark SUV or pickup truck struck her as she bicycled home from work.

“I can’t stop thinking about her,” Bonne said. “It brought back memories of my night ... when the truck left the roadway and veered toward me.”

Bonne referred to the tragic death of Kelly Ann Boyce, 29, struck down early July 5 by a hit-and-run driver as she pedaled east on Washington Street. She rode within a foot of the curb when a dark SUV or pickup truck — traveling in the same direction — hit her.

Boyce was thrown from the bicycle and became entangled with the vehicle. It dragged her for more than a block to an alleyway on Railroad Street.

Bonne, 31, was hit by a dark SUV or pickup truck on June 28, 2012. Bonne said she spent a “great night” on a local party boat with friends and was riding home on her bright pink cruiser bike, adorned with reflectors, at about 1 a.m. She was nearly six months pregnant and hadn’t been drinking alcohol.

Two years earlier, on July 5, 2010, a 39-year-old bicyclist  was struck at 2:14 a.m. She was riding her bike home in the south alley of the 400 block of State Street and struck from behind by what she observed as a black, full-sized pickup truck. She suffered only minor injuries, according to police reports.

Traverse City Police Captain Brian Heffner said police aren’t discounting the similarities. All three were females, bicycling home from the downtown area in the early morning at very nearly the same time of year.

All three were hit by a dark pickup or SUV that came up from behind them.

“We’re trying to determine if they are all related,” he said. “Obviously, we want to solve all three of them.”

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