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Old February 7th 18, 05:42 AM posted to alt.mountain-bike
Mike Vandeman[_4_]
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Default WHOOPS! Ashland man death while mountain biking ruled an accident (OR)

Even a bike helmet and being an experienced mountain biker won't protect you from death!: "Authorities said Thomas was an experienced cyclist who was familiar with the Hitt Road trail, which is often used for mountain biking."

Mike


http://ktvl.com/news/local/ashland-m...ountain-biking

Ashland man death while mountain biking ruled an accident

by KTVL

(Jackson County Sheriff's Office)
ASHLAND, Ore. *

A 56-year-old Ashland man has died while mountain biking on Hitt Road, two miles south of Strawberry Lane in Ashland on Monday.

Jackson County Sheriff's Office says the man and his bicycle was found by a hiker in a common route for hikers and for biking.

JCSO Medical Examiner's Office is currently working to confirm the cause of death. The family of the man has been notified and his name will be released at a later time.

No other information is available.

[UPDATE 2/6/18 1:50 PM] The Jackson County Medical Examiner has determined the cause of death as accidental. An autopsy revealed that 56-year-old John Edward Thomas Jr. had sustained significant head trauma after falling off his bicycle. Thomas was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-no...dead_on_a.html

Mountain biker killed in fall on Ashland trail

Updated 2:08 PM; Posted 12:24 PM
John Edward Thomas Jr., 56, was found dead after crashing on Ashland's Hitt Road trail, which is often used for mountain biking.(The Associated Press)

By The Associated Press

CENTRAL POINT * Authorities say a mountain biker was killed in a fall on an Ashland trail.

A hiker on Monday found John Edward Thomas, Jr., 56, dead on the Hitt Road trail near his bike.

The medical examiner ruled the death accidental, saying Thomas, who was wearing a helmet, sustained significant head trauma in the fall.

Authorities said Thomas was an experienced cyclist who was familiar with the Hitt Road trail, which is often used for mountain biking. Thomas was apparently negotiating a dip in the trail when he lost control and crashed.

-- The Associated Press
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