Bicyclist struck on Wayne Avenue

Bicyclist struck and killed while fleeing police ‘will be deeply missed’

The 23-year-old man killed Wednesday when the bicycle he was riding while fleeing police was hit by a vehicle had an outstanding warrant for his arrest, according to court records.

Michael D. Flynn of Dayton had absconded from community control, and an order for his arrest was issued in March, according to Montgomery County Common Pleas Court records.

Flynn died of blunt force trauma to the head and neck in what was ruled an accident on Wayne Avenue, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

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Flynn rode into traffic, was hit by a Honda Pilot SUV and was sent airborne, according to Dayton police Chief Richard Biehl. He was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Dayton police said Flynn was seen during routine patrol possibly committing a drug transaction. The spot where Flynn was struck near Anderson Street is just a few blocks from Flynn’s listed residence.

Michael D. Flynn

Dayton police said dash cam video from the incident would not be ready Thursday as initially announced. The video might be available Friday, according to police.

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An online fundraising website started Wednesday said Flynn was “loved by so many people” and was asking people for donations for his services.

“He is remembered by his mother and father, brothers and sisters, grandmother, aunts, uncles, cousins and his pregnant girlfriend,” the posting said. “So many people love him, and he will be deeply missed by all who knew him!!”

Flynn had been granted intervention in lieu of conviction (ILC) in December 2017 for an aggravated possession of drugs case that involved methamphetamine.

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Flynn was indicted for a March 2017 offense of aggravated possession of drugs. He pleaded not guilty. In November, Flynn’s public defender filed for ILC because Flynn’s “use of drugs and/or alcohol was a factor leading to the criminal offense.”

A bicyclist involved in a crash on Wayne Avenue near Anderson Street in Dayton on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, has died, according to Dayton s police chief. MARSHALL GORBY / STAFF
Photo: Staff Writer

On Dec. 15, 2017, Judge Richard Skelton granted ILC with conditions that included Flynn entering a drug treatment program and abstaining from illegal drugs.

On March 7, Skelton issued an order for Flynn to be apprehended and held without bail. The order said Flynn’s whereabouts had been unknown since Feb. 9. The order to arrest him also said Flynn failed to appear in court on Feb. 16 and that attempts to reach Flynn by phone were unsuccessful.

Flynn also had a 2013 minor misdemeanor case stemming from Riverside in which he was accused of riding on a bicycle or motorcycle three abreast in a single lane.


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