Maineville mayor dies after being hit by pickup truck while on lawn mower

Remembering Maineville Mayor William Shearer

MAINEVILLE, Ohio (FOX19) - The mayor of a Warren County suburb died Monday night after he was hit by a pickup truck while he was on his lawn mower, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

William Shearer, 82, of Maineville suffered a severe head injury in the 100 block of Foster-Maineville Road at 7:30 p.m., patrol officials said in a news release.

Care Flight flew him to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where he later died, they said.

The driver of the pickup truck, Victoria Vogel, 30, of Morrow, sustained minor injuries, according to the state patrol.

She was treated at Arrow Springs Hospital and released.

A preliminary investigation revealed her westbound 2019 black Ford F-150 truck struck Shearer’s 2014 red Gravely Zero Turn Lawn Mower from behind.

Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be factors, patrol officials said.

Holly Coyle and her brother, who came to visit Shearer recently from Florida, knew the mayor well.

“He was here for two weeks and got to come see Bill,” Coyle said. “I’m sure he’ll cherish that last visit.”

Hamilton Township Adminstrator Brent Centers has worked with Shearer in the past. He said the mayor’s love for his community will be missed.

“It seems like everything he did in life was put into the Village of Maineville," Centers said. "I’m not sure if he had other work he did outside of it, but the work he did here was full of passion.”

The crash remains under investigation.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of Mayor Shearer and the citizens of Maineville this morning. The Mayor’s great smile, sense of humor and his support for the FD will always be remembered.

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