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Hit-skip crash now a fatality

December 5, 2012

Frank Lewis


PDT Staff Writer


The operator of a bicycle, who was struck by a hit and run motorist Monday evening on Ohio 522 in Wheelersburg, has died from injuries he received in that crash. The bicyclist, 22-year-old Shawn R. Hamilton, residence unknown, but reportedly from the Flatwoods, Kentucky area, had been air-lifted to Cabell Huntington Hospital shortly after the crash.


Troopers from the Portsmouth Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said the crash occurred around 6 p.m. Monday near Wheelersburg. OSHP Portsmouth Post Commander Lt. Karla Taublee said Hamilton was riding south on Ohio 522 just north of Mill Road, when he was struck by a vehicle that was also traveling south. She said Hamilton was ejected from the bicycle, and the motorist continued on.


Troopers are currently attempting to locate the driver of the fleeing vehicle. From debris left at the scene, the vehicle is a 2002-2007 Buick Rendezvous, color unknown. Troopers said the vehicle will have damage to the right headlight, right fender and right mirror.


Taulbee said if anyone has information about the crash, they are encouraged to contact the Portsmouth Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol at 740-354-2888.


Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@heartlandpublications.com