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Bicyclist struck, killed by driver suspected of driving under the influence with infant in car

Posted at 9:51 AM, Oct 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-29 09:51:22-04

A bicyclist was struck and killed Sunday evening in Lorain by a driver suspected of driving under the influence, according to police.

Shortly after 11:30 p.m., a gray Chrysler Town and Country van was traveling west on West Erie Avenue, in the outside lane, when it collided with a bicyclist who was traveling west, according to police.

After the van hit the bicyclist, it veered across the roadway, ran off the left side of the road and stopped after it struck a row of trees in the 3900 block of West Erie Avenue.

Police said the bicyclist, identified as Laqua Butler, 38, of Lorain, died from his injuries, according to police. He was not wearing a helmet.

The driver, a 21-year-old woman from Lorain, was suspected to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. The woman also had an infant in the car with her at the time of the crash, police said.

News 5 is not naming the driver as charges have not yet been filed.

The infant and the driver were not injured during the crash. The road near the crash scene was closed for approximately six hours while the scene was investigated for evidence.

The crash remains under investigation as alcohol and/or drugs appear to be a factor in the crash.