Charges filed in death of 16-year-old bicyclist

SIDNEY, Ohio (WDTN) – A Shelby County man is now charged with vehicular manslaughter following a fatal crash in March.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office says Richard Kuck, 72, of New Knoxville, was driving his pickup truck along Lock Two Road March 18 when he hit a bicyclist near Kettlersville Road in Van Buren Township.

Zachary Kerns, 16, of Botkins, was killed.

Kuck told investigators at the time that the sun was shining in his eyes and he did not see Kerns.

Deputies concluded their investigation April 16, resulting in the misdemeanor charge.

Kuck was ordered to appear in Sidney Municipal Court. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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