Police: Motorcyclist killed in Butler County crash ran red light

There are 11 municipal police departments in Butler County.

A motorcyclist who was killed Tuesday afternoon following a two-vehicle crash on Ohio 4 Bypass in Fairfield Twp. ran a red light before striking another vehicle, according to police.

Winston Leslie Smith, 63, of Liberty Twp. was killed in the crash that happened at about 3:40 p.m., according to the Butler County Coroner’s Office.

The crash happened on the bypass at Ohio 129 when a Harley-Davidson motorcycle headed north collided with a Dodge Dart headed south that attempted to turn left onto the eastbound Ohio 129 entrance ramp.

Police said Smith “traveled through a red light” and his the passenger side of the Dart. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses said the motorcycle was headed north on the bypass at a high rate of speed and changed lanes multiple times, passing other northbound cars, just before the crash.

The driver of the car was taken to Bethesda Butler Hospital for evaluation.

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