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Pedestrian death investigated

September 28, 2011
By KEVIN HOWELL , Salem News

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP- The Goshen Police District is investigating a Sunday morning vehicle-pedestrian crash at the Western Reserve Motorcycle Club that left a Pittsburgh man dead.

Officers responded to the West Middletown Road facility at 12:44 a.m. where a vehicle driven by Joseph M. Briceland, 26, Depot Road, Salem, had allegedly run over two pedestrians lying in the grass along the edge of driveway at the track.

Thomas M. Burns, 48, of Pittsburgh, died from injuries sustained during the incident. Mikel M. Kent, 49, Bethel Park, Pa., was transported to Salem Community Hospital where she was later released.

According to the police report, Briceland was traveling north on the gravel path in a Chevy Silverado pickup truck and ran over the victims, believed by police to be sleeping near the edge of the path.

Police Chief Steve McDaniel said no foul play is suspected, but the department is waiting on the coroner's report and toxicology results before making a ruling.

The Canfield Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol assisted with the incident.

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