CINCINNATI (FOX19) — A man died Tuesday after he was thrown from his motorcycle during a crash in Over-The-Rhine, according to Cincinnati police.
Police say Stephen Hacker, 30, of Wilder, Kentucky was driving his Kawasaki motorcycle northbound in the 1100 block of Vine Street when he tried to pass 75-year-old Bruce Bostian’s Toyota RAV-4, also going north on Vine.
A news release from Cincinnati police says Hacker was passing Bostian on the right when his motorcycle reportedly struck a curb, he lost control and hit Bostian’s car. Hacker was thrown from the bike, slid across the pavement and hit the back of another car.
Police say Hacker was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center with critical injuries. He later died there.
“It’s just unbelievable, so unbelievable," Stephanie Hacker said. “He was just a great man. He had a lot going for him. He just had left work yesterday and went and got his bike to go riding because it was nice out. He had a big heart. He would help anybody that he could. He just really loved his motorcycles. He had several of them. I am just shocked. I can’t believe it.
“He was just a really hard worker,” Stephanie continued, “just a very good brother, very good brother, just a great human being all around. He was just amazing. It has just really impacted us pretty, pretty bad because he was the light. He would walk into the room and his smile would just light up the room. He was the best.”
Hacker, according to police, was wearing a helmet during the crash.
Bostian and the other three people in his car were not hurt.
Police say excessive speed factored in the crash, but are unsure if Hacker was impaired.
The Cincinnati Police Traffic Unit is investigating. They are asking any witnesses to contact them at 513.352.2514.