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Bicyclist killed while raising money for MS

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Sep 25, 2013 at 12:07 PM

The state Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash that occurred at 7:23 p.m. Monday on Ohio 163 near the intersection of Nissen Road in Ottawa County.

Emily Gagnon, 21, of Holliston, Mass., was wearing a helmet and riding her Jamis Coda Sport bicycle west on Ohio 163, when she was struck from behind by a 2001 Ford Escape being driven by Lynne Smith, troopers said. Gagnon was thrown from her bicycle, while Smith brought her vehicle to a controlled stop

Gagnon suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash, troopers said.

Smith, 49, of Martin, was not injured in the crash and was wearing her seatbelt. Her vehicle sustained moderate damage and was towed from the scene by Terry’s Towing.

Smith told troopers was adjusting her sun visor due to the sun glare when she struck Gagnon. 

 Gagnon recently hadgraduated from Westfield State University and was riding her bicycle from her home in Holliston, Mass. to San Francisco while raising money for Multiple Sclerosis along her way. 

The crash remains under investigation, and neither speed nor alcohol are considered factors in the crash.

Ohio 163 was shut down for about four hours for the investigation. Troopers were assisted by the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department, Ohio Department of Transportation, Allen-Clay Fire, LifeFlight and Clay Township Police Department.                 

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