The Marion Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash that occurred on SR 739 near milepost 2 west of the Village of Green Camp at approximately 9:32 PM on Thursday evening. Brooke Hoffman, 22, of North Lewisburg, was riding a bicycle westbound in the eastbound lane of SR 739. Larry Anderson, 73, of Richwood, was driving a 2013 Dodge Ram pickup truck westbound on SR 739.
Preliminary investigation indicates that Mr. Anderson attempted to pass a slower moving vehicle in a designated passing zone. As he did, his vehicle struck the rear of Ms. Hoffman’s bicycle. She was thrown from the bike and came to rest off the south side of the roadway. She was wearing dark, non-reflective clothing, no helmet, and failed to display reflectors or lights to the rear of her bicycle. She was transported to Marion General Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. Mr. Anderson was not injured and alcohol is not suspected to be a factor.
This crash is currently under investigation.
Troopers were assisted on scene by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Green Camp Fire Department, Med Care Paramedics, Marion County Coroner’s Office, and Troopers from the Springfield and Marysville Patrol Posts.