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12-year-old bicyclist killed

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Updated Jun 12, 2019 at 8:57 AM

(UPDATED at 4:19 p.m. Monday, June 10, 2019)

The accident victim was Lynette Jane Shirk, the 12-year-old daughter of Daniel and Martha (Horst) Shirk of Shelby.

She just finished seventh grade at London School.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by four sisters, Kaylene, Krista, Janae and Kaitlyn; two brothers, Maciah and Lucas; and maternal grandparents, Alvin and Esther Horst of Shelby; paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Shirk of Shiloh; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. 

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 and 8 p.m. Thursday at the family home, 6666 Baker Road, Shelby. Funeral services will begin at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Springmill Mennonite Church, corner of Plymouth Springmill and Dinninger roads, Shelby. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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SHELBY — A 12-year-old bicyclist died Sunday morning after being hit by a vehicle on Ohio 61 between Plymouth and Shelby.

While riding the bike west on Dinninger Road around 11 a.m., the child failed to stop at the stop sign and entered the intersection, leading to the collision with a southbound 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee being driven by Kimberly Davis, 61, of Willard, said troopers with the state Highway Patrol’s Mansfield post.

The child, a Shelby resident, was not wearing any protective gear or helmet, troopers said. The victim’s name and gender have not been released by troopers.

Davis was not injured in the crash, troopers said.

Plymouth Fire and EMS, Shelby Fire and EMS and Community EMS responded to the scene along with the Richland County Coroner’s Office. Ohio 61 remained closed while the crash was being investigated.

Alcohol and drug usage are not a factor in the crash, troopers said.

This tragedy happened one day after the two-year anniversary of another fatal accident at that same intersection, which also claimed the life of a young person.

At 3:35 a.m. June 8, 2017, Dylan Patton, 17, of Shiloh, was driving a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado west on Dinninger Road when he failed to stop at the stop sign, leading to a collision with a southbound 2005 Ford Freestyle SUV being driven by April Pickesimer, then 41, of New Haven, troopers said. Patton, a Plymouth High School student, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The day before the accident involving the 12-year-old bicyclist, troopers investigated another fatal crash that claimed a Shiloh resident.

Casey Yost, 59, was driving a 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle north on Franklin Church Road at 3 p.m. Saturday when he tried to turn left onto Eby Road, troopers said. While making the left turn, the motorcycle traveled off the roadway and struck a tree. Yost, who was not wearing a helmet, succumbed to his injuries a short time after the crash, troopers said.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Office and Richland County Coroner’s Office assisted with the crash. It is unknown if alcohol and drug usage was a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.

A third weekend crash resulted in life-threatening injuries for a motorcyclist from Mansfield.

Scott Smith, 24, of Mansfield, was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze south on Ohio 545 at 5:05 p.m. Sunday when he tried to turn left onto Piper Road, entering the path of a northbound 1975 Harley Davidson motorcycle being driven by Richard Wynn, 63, of Mansfield, trooper said. Wynn’s motorcyclist then crashed into the Chevrolet.

Wynn, who was not wearing a helmet, was transported to OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital with life-threatening injuries, troopers said. 

Smith was not injured, troopers said.

Alcohol and drug usage are not a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.

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