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Newton Falls family remembers bicyclist struck and killed

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The family of a Newton Falls man killed in a deadly bicycle accident over the weekend is remembering their loved one. 

It was part of Michael Hunyady's daily routine to bike down Holcomb Newton Falls Road to work at the Shop and Save store. The 19-year-old was riding his bike to work early Sunday morning when he was hit by an SUV at around 7:40 a.m.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says the driver of the SUV told the patrol he stopped after thought he hit something, not knowing it was someone. 

Hunyady died at the scene. The patrol says the SUV struck his back bike tire while Hunyady was traveling eastbound with traffic.

The driver and another witness say sunglare made it tough to see the road ahead of them that morning.

Hunyady's older brother, James Tuchek, says he was a responsible kid, focused on paying for and attending ETI Technicial College and his dreams of one day becoming an underwater welder. He says the news of his brother's passing is devastating. 

"It took a lot of out me, but it was more hurtful seeing my mom so broken up, I don't wish any parent to have to out live any of their children," Tuchek said.

The Patrol is now reminding bicyclists to wear bright colors, place reflectors on the front and back of their bikes, and to not wear headphones, especially in both ears. It's believe Hunyady was listening to loud music with headphones in both of his ears at the time of the accident.

It's too soon to know if any charges will be filed. 

Tuchek tells 21 News he's now focusing on the memories he and his younger brother shared.

"He was a really good kid," Tuchek said. "He was more than a brother to me, he was my best friend, he was an inspiration."
 

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