Ionia County is roughly 40 miles east of Grand Rapids.
One cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene while another died from injuries at a nearby hospital, the sheriff’s office said. The three surviving cyclists were transported to hospitals with severe injuries, officials added.
The driver of the SUV was arrested on two counts of Operating while Intoxicated Causing Death and taken to the Ionia County Jail, the sheriff’s office added. Authorities did not release the driver’s name pending charges and an arraignment.
The names of the cyclists were also not released. An investigation is ongoing, the sheriff’s office added.
The Make-a-Wish Foundation expressed its condolences towards the cyclists and their loved ones in a statement shared with CNN.
“Our staff and the entire Make-A-Wish family are heartbroken and offer our deepest sympathy for the riders involved, their loved ones, and all members of the WAM community during this difficult time,” the organization said. “We are grateful to the first responders who arrived immediately to save lives. We are supporting our riders, staff, and volunteers with grievance counseling and assisting with the law enforcement investigation.”