Former Blue Chip Casino owner killed in bike accident

2013-08-14T18:12:00Z 2013-08-14T19:26:12Z Former Blue Chip Casino owner killed in bike accidentStan Maddux Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
August 14, 2013 6:12 pm  • 

The former owner of Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City was killed when hit by a car on his bicycle near New Buffalo.

Kevin Flynn, 46, was riding a bicycle about 5 p.m. Monday when hit by a car on Three Oaks Road near Harbert, where his family has a summer home.

According to Chikaming Township police, Flynn and the car operated by a 67-year-old woman were both traveling north when the collision occurred.

Further details leading up to the crash along with the name of the woman and where she resides were not released.

Various published reports about the accident reveal he was hit from behind during a heavy rain storm.

According to police, the accident remains under investigation with assistance from the Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Reconstruction Team.

Flynn was Blue Chip's owner when it opened in 1997. In 1999, he sold the casino to the current owners, Las Vega- based Boyd Gaming.

Flynn was at the forefront in the long battle by the Pokagon Band of Pottawatomie Indians to open Four Winds Casino outside New Buffalo.

The tribe maintained that Flynn was receiving money to help stop the casino, which opened in 2007.

Flynn was a member of the Chicago based LKQ board and facilitated a number of acquisitions and financings, according to a company website.

"We are shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden death of our colleague," said Robert L. Wagman, president and chief executive officer of LKQ, in a statement posted on the website.

"Kevin was a valued member of the board of directors and he will be sorely missed,'' he said.,

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