Motorcyclist dies following weekend crash in Middletown

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A Middletown man injured earlier this week in a crash has died.

David E. Reynolds, 40, was traveling south on North University Boulevard near Manchester Avenue on a 2001 Harley Davidson motorcycle around 6 p.m. Sunday when it traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a pole, according to the Hamilton Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

There were no other vehicles involved.

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Reynolds, who was wearing a helmet, was taken to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. He died there Tuesday morning, the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office confirmed this morning.

The crash remains under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Jon Townsend, Reynolds’ cousin, said he leaves behind seven children — Kayla, David Jr., Chelsie, Steven, Alex, Ashton, Amelia — and his wife Ashley.

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He said Reynolds was “loved by so many” and had a heart of gold.

“He was a hard working man that would give the shirt off his back to anyone that needed it,” he said. “His smile and laughter were so contagious.”

Townsend said Reynolds will be greatly missed not only by his family, but also by many in the community.

He said he has organized a GoFundMe page here to procure $10,000 in donations to help Reynolds' family fund a funeral. As of late Friday morning, the page had secured $4,800 in donations.

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“We would also like to purchase a Billboard next to the location of his accident in his name to remind motorcyclists the importance of wearing their helmets to limit tragedies such as his,” Townsend said.

“Any donations, no matter the size would be greatly appreciated,” he said.

There were 154 fatal motorcycle-related crashes that killed 158 motorcyclists last year in Ohio, according to the OSHP. Nearly 3,000 motorcyclists also were injured.

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In Butler County, there were six fatal motorcycle crashes last year, according to the state patrol. Three were killed in Warren County crashes.

Since 2015, 822 motorcyclists have been killed in the state, 20 in Butler County and 13 in Warren County.