OSHP identifies Ironman bicyclist killed in crash on US-23 in Delaware County

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a crash that killed a female Ironman Triathlon participant on US-23 in Delaware County, Sunday morning. (WBNS)
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DELAWARE, Ohio — The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a crash that killed a female Ironman Triathlon participant on US-23 in Delaware County, Sunday morning.

The crash happened just before 9 a.m. on US-23 at Troutman Road.

A driver of a Freightliner commercial tractor-trailer was going northbound on US-23 in the left lane near Troutman Road when it struck Kristen J. Oswald, 44, of Royersford, Pennsylvania, who was riding her bike northbound in the right lane of US-23 in the Ironman event.

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A safety zone was put in place for people participating in the event along with encouraging reduced speed zone for motorists on US-23.

OSHP said Oswald traveled outside of the safety zone and was struck in the left lane by the tractor-trailer. She was pronounced dead on the scene.

Oswald was wearing a helmet and the driver of the tractor-trailer was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

Alcohol and drugs were not a suspected factor of the crash.

US-23 westbound lanes were closed for about three hours.

A spokesperson for the Ironman Triathlon issued a statement regarding the crash:

"We are deeply saddened to confirm the death of one of our athletes at IRONMAN 70.3 Ohio. Shortly after beginning the bike portion of the race, there was an incident with the athlete and a vehicle. Our condolences go out to the athlete's family and friends, whom we will continue to support. We are continuing to work with local and state authorities to gather all the details of how this incident occurred and will assist them in any way possible."

The crash remains under investigation.

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