Family Searches for Answers in Cyclist’s Death

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NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio -- A mysterious death leaves a local family searching for answers.

A bicyclist was found lying on the side of the road with serious head injuries around 6:45 Friday evening. North Royalton police say the victim, Ronald Cartwright, 63, of Parma, was traveling north on State Road near Oakridge Drive when a motorist made the startling discovery.

"He was always there for us, no matter what it was, he would stop what he was doing and he would be there for you," said Ronald's son Lars Cartwright. "We're holding it together but it's very trying at this point."

Police say the bike was not damaged and there were no visible signs of debris or brake marks on the roadway.

"I'd like to consider that you could be hit on your bike as you are traveling by a motorist and your bike may not be damaged, that is a possibility," said North Royalton Detective Dave Loeding. "His injuries were to his head and face, which could have come from being knocked from his bike or it also could be the result of a medical condition."

Family members say Cartwright was active and healthy. His oldest son Lars said he rode his bike to work every day and just spent a week hiking the Appalachian Trail.

"He may have not actually hit the vehicle. He may have swerved to try to avoid hitting the vehicle and may have crashed into the cement," said Lars Cartwright. "This is a fairly main road. I'm sure someone had to see something. I'm not sure this is a hit-and-run, but if we could at least have closure and know why this happened."

An autopsy is underway. Until the cause of death is determined, loved ones are passing out flyers searching for clues into Cartwright's death. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the North Royalton Police Department at 440-237-8686.