Alcohol suspected in fatal bicycle accident
STERLING TOWNSHIP, BROWN COUNTY (FOX19) - A 44-year-old bicyclist died in an alcohol-related accident Monday, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Timothy Woods of Wiliamsburg was traveling downhill on a bicycle and began to negotiate a right-hand curve when his bike ran off the left side of the road and hit a guardrail end on Bloomrose Road north of Crosstown Road sometime after 1 a.m., troopers said.
Woods was ejected when the bicycle overturned. Both he and the bike came to a rest in the creek bed.
He was not wearing a helmet, and alcohol is suspected, as reported by those who last saw Woods prior to the crash, troopers said.
Woods' body was discovered several hours later, just after 3:30 p.m. Someone walking along Bloomrose Road spotted it and the bicycle in the creek bed and called 911.
Drug and alcohol analysis will later be completed as a part of the coroner's investigation, troopers said.
Bloomrose Road was closed for approximately three hours while authorities investigated the accident.
OVI-related crashes accounted for 35 percent of all fatal crashes in Ohio, according to the state patrol.
This percentage has remained steady for the past three years. Last year, nearly 400 people in Ohio were killed because someone chose to operate a vehicle while impaired.
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