Suspect in deadly bicycle crash pleads not guilty

Published: Sep. 11, 2019 at 5:11 PM CDT
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A 25-year-old man charged with homicide related to drunken driving crash that killed a bicyclist in August has pleaded not guilty.

Zachary Koosmann is free on $30,000 cash bond.

According to a probable cause statement, a Grand Rapids Police officer was called to the crash on Whitrock Avenue near 73rd Street South, in the town of Grand Rapids on Aug. 4.

The suspect, identified as Koosmann was arrested for third offense operating while intoxicated. The officer could smell a strong odor of "intoxicants" coming from Koosmann, and said he had a "red and glassy appearance."

The Wisconsin Rapids Tribune reports the victim is Melissa Piesik, 43. She was an elementary teacher at Bannach Elementary School in Stevens Point.

The probable cause statement shows Koosmann admitted he was the driver who hit the bicyclist and that he tried to give the victim medical aid. He also admitted to consuming alcoholic beverages that day. The bicyclist died from her injuries.