Biker Killed During Fundraising Effort

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OTTAWA COUNTY, Ohio -- A woman riding her bike across the country to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis was killed in Clay Township, Ottawa County.

Emilee Gagnon, 21, started her journey in her hometown of Holliston, Mass. and was San Francisco bound.

Around 7:23 p.m. Monday, Gagnon was riding on SR 163 near the intersection of Nissen Road.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said a 49-year-old driving a Ford Escape was adjusting her sun visor because of glare when she struck Gagnon from behind.

The driver was wearing a seat belt and was not hurt.  The SUV was moderately damaged and had to be towed from the scene.

Gagnon, who had recently graduated from Westfield State University, was wearing a helmet.

The university released the following statement that said in part:

We are deeply saddened by the news of the accident which took the life of Emilee Gagnon. Emilee was a May 2013 Westfield State University graduate and a Commonwealth Honors Scholar, the most prestigious recognition in the public higher education system. Emilee majored in Art and minored in both French and Ethnic and Gender studies. She left an indelible mark on the faculty, staff and students of the Westfield State art department and in the Honors Program with whom she regularly interacted.

Neither speed nor alcohol were considered factors in the crash, which remained under investigation.

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