Motorcyclist Timothy Sharp, 51, was pronounced dead at the scene. He died from multiple traumatic injuries and his death was ruled an accident, according to the Butler County Coroner’s Office. He was not wearing a helmet, Arnold said.
A 2008 Toyota Acura, driven by Howard, and a 2014 Harley Davidson motorcycle, ridden by Sharp, were traveling southbound on I-75, the post said. Preliminary investigation shows the car rear-ended the motorcycle. Howard was not injured as a result of the crash.
Sharp worked at Steelcraft in Blue Ash and often stayed with his girlfriend in Middletown, according to family members. He was heading to work at the time of the accident, his family said.
The crash slowed the southbound lanes of I-75 for much of the morning, according to the state patrol. Hours after the crash, the far left lane re-opened, but the traffic back-up lasted for miles, the patrol said. Traffic traveling north was also backed up at the Union Centre Boulevard exit with emergency vehicles staged at that location.