A collision between a motorcycle and bicycle has claimed the life of a Miami man and critically injured a child.
MIAMI – A motorcycle and bicycle collided killing Mark Todd Birdsell, 44, of Miami, and injuring a nine-year-old Miami child. The fatality collision occurred at 2:23 p.m. on Aug. 9 on South County Road 510, two miles north of State Highway 25, approximately five miles south and four miles west of Miami in Ottawa County.
According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Will Langley's report, the nine-year-old was riding a bicycle and failed to yield when coming out of a private drive and pulled into the path of a 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Birdsell.
The collision knocked the Chaos FS250 bicycle 15 feet into the ditch west of the roadway.
Birdsell's motorcycle was laid over, and he was thrown from the bike for an unknown distance, according to the report. The motorcycle came to rest approximately 42 feet north of the impact site and the driver 67 feet north of the impact.
Birdsell was pronounced dead at the scene by Miami Integris EMS paramedic Bill Nichols from injuries he sustained and transported to Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Miami.
The child was flown to Cox South Hospital in Springfield, Missouri by AERO-CARE air ambulance and admitted in critical condition with leg, arm, head and internal trunk injuries.
The OHP report indicates the condition of the driver of the bicycle as apparently normal and of Birdsell as unknown at the time of the collision and the cause of the collision as a failure to yield.
The weather is listed as overcast and the two -lane gravel roadway as dry. No helmets were in use.
Assisting OHP with the incident included the Afton Fire Department and Ottawa County Sheriff's Office.
Birdsell owned and operated Birdsell’s Tire and Muffler Shop in Miami.
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