Ohio patrol: Bicyclist, 70, fatally struck in hit-and-run

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) – State troopers say a 70-year-old bicyclist died after he was struck by a vehicle that sped away from the scene this weekend in Lorain County, west of Cleveland.

The State Highway Patrol says the hit-and-run crash occurred late Saturday afternoon on a road in New Russia Township. The patrol says a witness reported that a dark-colored Ford vehicle hit the bicyclist from behind, slowed down and then sped away.

Trooper Jeff Boris told The Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria that there were no skid marks or other signs that the driver tried to stop before the crash.

The injured man was flown to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The patrol identified him as an Oberlin resident, Charles Startup.

He had been wearing a helmet.

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