One person is dead after a Hamilton motorcycle crash Tuesday night that started with a traffic stop by police.
At about 8:20 p.m. a Hamilton police officer on patrol in the area of Williams Avenue and River Road initiated a traffic stop of several motorcyclists after observing them all commit traffic violations, according to Sgt. Brian Robinson.
The officer suspected the motorcyclists of being members of a known outlaw motorcycle club due to insignia displayed, according to Robinson.
Three motorcycles fled the traffic stop traveling north on Neilan Boulevard, according to police. The officer decided not to pursue the fleeing motorcycles, but called in their description to dispatchers and other officers in the area.
Another officer then saw one of the motorcycles crash into an embankment as it traveled northbound on South Monument at a high rate of speed, according to Robinson.
Officers arrived on scene of the crash and found one of the motorcyclists severely injured. An officer began administering lifesaving measures until medics arrived. The man, however, died at the scene, police said.
One of the three motorcyclists remained by his motorcycle at the scene of the crash and the third fled on foot. He was apprehended by officers after a foot chase.
The two surviving motorcyclists — Kyle Ramey, 27, of Harrison, and Anastasio Camacho, 31, of Versailles, Ind. — were taken into custody and charged with obstruction of business and failure to comply.
The Butler County START team is handling the investigation into the traffic accident.
No more information, including the name of the deceased motorcyclist, was immediately available from police.