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Cyclist dies after crash

Jessica Cuffman • Sep 24, 2013 at 4:38 PM

A Massachusetts woman bicycling across the country to raise money for multiple sclerosis died when she was struck while riding in Ottawa County Monday evening.

Emilee Gagnon, 21, suffered fatal injuries during the 7:23 p.m. crash on Ohio 163, according to a news release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Gagnon is the second cyclist to die from after being struck by a vehicle this year in Ottawa County. Dale Tusen of Port Clinton was struck while cycling on Ohio 53 in July.

Gagnon was riding west, near the intersection with Nissen Road, when she was struck from behind by a 2001 Ford Escape driven by Lynne Smith, 49, of Martin,

Gagnon was thrown from her bicycle. She was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Smith told troopers she was adjusting her sun visor because of the glare from the sun when she struck the cyclist.

Gagnon had recently graduated from Westfield State University and was riding from Holliston, Mass., to San Francisco and raising money for multiple sclerosis, according to the news release from the patrol.

Troopers shut down Ohio 163 for about four hours Monday night while they investigated the crash.

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