Tests may determine if alcohol, drugs played role in motorcyclist’s death

It is not yet known whether drug or alcohol use was a factor in a recent fatal motorcycle crash in Monroe.

According to the crash report released Friday by Monroe police, a blood test was conducted on Gage M. Neanover, 23, to determine whether there was any drug or alcohol use prior to the crash.

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The report did not identify any other contributing conditions or factors that may have caused the crash. Police did say that Neanover, a motorcycling enthusiast, was wearing a helmet.

According to preliminary information from Monroe police, Neanover was killed around 5:30 a.m. Sept. 14 when he crashed his motorcycle into a parked vehicle in the 200 block of Hollytree Drive in the Colonial Manor Square subdivision off Ohio 63. He was traveling at an estimated 25 mph, which is the posted speed limit, the report said.

Neanover died of traumatic head injury and his death was ruled an accident, according to the Butler County Coroner’s Office.

Between Jan. 1 and Sept. 17, there have been 78 motorcycle crashes in Butler County, excluding Neanover’s crash, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Statistical Analysis Unit. Of those, there was one fatality, 60 injuries reported and 17 property damage only.

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