Madison Twp. motorcycle crash turns fatal for passenger

MADISON TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - A Franklin woman dies after a motorcycle crash in Butler County Friday evening.

The Butler County Sheriff's Office says Richard Cockerham, 48, of Franklin lost control of his Harley Davidson motorcycle as he was driving northbound on Trenton-Franklin in Madison Township. The accident happened just north of the intersection with State Route 122 just before 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Cockerham and his passenger, Melinda Hipsher, 35, also of Franklin, were thrown from the motorcycle. Neither was wearing a helmet. Both victims were flown from the scene by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital.

Hipsher died early Saturday morning. The Montgomery County Coroner's Office and the Butler County Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team (S.T.A.R.T.) continue to investigate the crash. Charges have not yet been filed.

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