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Akron man struck and killed by apparent drunk driver while riding bicycle

The suspect has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide.
Credit: 10TV WBNS

SUMMIT COUNTY, Ohio — A 55-year-old Akron man is dead after being hit by an apparent drunk driver Friday night in Springfield Township.

Witnesses told the Ohio State Highway Patrol that Robert Kuba was riding his bicycle on Kubler trail near Springfield Lake around 8:20 p.m. While attempting to cross U.S. Route 224, he was struck by a 2017 Honda Accord heading west, killing him at the scene.

The driver of the Honda has been identified as 60-year-old Christopher Wines, also of Akron. While he remained at the site of the crash, officials say they found him to be "impaired," and court records show he was arrested and charged with aggravated vehicular homicide.

"This is such a preventable tragedy," OSHP Lt. Jonathan A. Ganley said in a statement. "If you plan on drinking, please designate a sober driver."

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Wines is currently being held in the Summit County Jail. He first faced a judge Saturday morning and will next appear in Akron Municipal Court at 9 a.m. Monday.

Route 224 was shut down for about two hours while troopers conducted an investigation. Officials from the Springfield Township police and fire departments were also at the scene.

This is the second fatal accident involving a Summit County pedestrian this week. Last Tuesday, a 44-year-old man was hit and killed while walking on East Avenue in Tallmadge, although authorities have said they do not believe 19-year-old driver in that case was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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