Thursday, June 24, 1999

Bicyclist's death might not have been from crash

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FRANKLIN — Police are still trying to determine whether a bicycle accident or a beating caused the death of a Franklin man found lying in the street a week ago.

        Capt. Gerry Massey said the Montgomery Countycoroner has not issued a ruling on the death of Melvin R. Young, who apparently crashed headfirst off his bicycle as he tried to flee six bar patrons who were chasing him.

        Mr. Young, 31, of the 1100 block of South River Street, died Friday, a day after he was found lying in the road by Tyler's Sports Bar on Main Street.

        Capt. Massey said it appeared Mr. Young had a severe head injury.

        “We don't know if he was alive and being assaulted and the assault may have contributed to his death, or if he was alive and being assaulted and it did not contribute to his death,” Capt. Massey said Wednesday.

        A witness told police the group of men left Daley's Irish Pub in the 500 block of South Main Street and began chasing Mr. Young after discovering him slashing tires on two vehicles in front of Tyler's, two doors away.

        The men pounced on Mr. Young when he flew off the bike, then beat him, then rifled through his pockets, the witness said.

        Capt. Massey said Mr. Young's wallet was not taken, but police weren't sure whether anything else was missing.

        The tire-slashing occurred after Mr. Young was ejected from Tyler's and Daley's because he was intoxicated, Capt. Massey said.

        No arrests have been made.

        Capt. Massey said he did not know when the coroner's office would make a preliminary ruling on Mr. Young's death.

        Anyone with information can call police at (513) 746-2882.


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