Fatal Butler County motorcycle crash: Most deaths happen without a helmet

Robert Miles, 49, of Hamilton, a huge sports fan, was killed Thursday afternoon when he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed into a guardrail. He died from head trauma, according to the Butler County Coroner’s Office. SUBMITTED
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Robert Miles, 49, of Hamilton, a huge sports fan, was killed Thursday afternoon when he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed into a guardrail. He died from head trauma, according to the Butler County Coroner’s Office. SUBMITTED

A Hamilton man last week became the 55th motorcyclist killed this year in Ohio, and the 33rd not wearing a helmet, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Robert Miles, 49, lost control of his motorcycle and hit a guardrail at 2:05 p.m. Thursday in the 4300 block of Reily Millville Road, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office accident report. He was not wearing a helmet, the report read.

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Miles died from head trauma, and his death was ruled an accident by the Butler County Coroner’s Office.

His passenger and wife was flown to University of Cincinnati Medical Center. The hospital was not permitted to release her condition, but friends said she suffered numerous broken bones.

Since 2013, 992 motorcyclists have died on Ohio roads, and 687, or 69 percent, were not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, the state patrol said.

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