Mass. woman killed in crash while raising money for M.S. charity

7:46 AM, Sep 24, 2013   |    comments
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OTTAWA COUNTY, Ohio -- A 21-year-old Massachusetts woman was killed in a bicycle accident Monday evening in Ottawa County.

Emily Gagnon, of Holliston, Massachusetts, was riding her bicycle westbound on S.R. 163 around 7:23 p.m. when a Ford Escape SUV driven by Lynne Smith, 49, of Martin, Ohio, struck her from behind.

Gagnon was thrown from the bike and died from her injuries. She was wearing a helmet.

Investigators say Smith was adjusting her sun visor due to sun glare when she struck Gagnon on her bike.

Gagnon is a recent graduate of Westfield State University. She was riding her bicycle from her Holliston, Massachusetts home to San Francisco in an effort to raise money for multiple sclerosis.

Route 163 was shut duwn for about 4 hours. Speed, drugs and alcohol were not factors in the crash, the highway patrol said.

The incident remains under investigation.


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