Deputies release ID of cyclist struck, killed

Joseph Giampapa, 56, was struck at about 11:20 a.m. by a vehicle in the 6000 block of Troy-Sidney Road, just north of the East Loy Road intersection outside Piqua, said Miami County Sheriff's Lt. Tom Wheeler.

Miami County Sheriff's Lt. Mike Whaley said Giampapa was riding north when he was struck by a northbound minivan, driven by Thomas Davis, 78, of Fletcher. The cyclist was thrown about 150 feet after he was struck.

The sheriff's office said Giampapa was part of an outing with an Ohio biking club, which departed from Springfield.

"There's a large group of bicyclists (in the area)," Whaley said. "(The victim) was riding alone at the time he was struck."

Deputies are working to reconstruct the crash, which remains under investigation.

Whaley advised drivers should beware of more bicycles on the road as warmer temperatures arrive.

"You're going to find more bicyclists on the road so use caution while driving," he said.

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