Bicyclist Killed in Mitchell Road Collision

(BEDFORD) – A bicyclist was killed in an accident on Mitchell Road near Abel Avenue, Friday at approximately 9:48 p.m.

According to Bedford Police Department, 29-year-old Ethan A. Hunter, of 1728 G St., was driving a 2017 Kia Forte southbound on Mitchell Road.

The bicyclist, 36-year-old Steven O. Buschard, of 2816 Mitchell Rd. Apt. B, was pushing his bicycle south on Mitchell Road when he was struck by Hunter’s car.

A bicyclist died Friday evening on Mitchell Road near M & E Honda

Hunter told police that he was in the far right-hand lane of Mitchell Road traveling south. Police say Buschard was walking his bike along the southbound lane of Mitchell Road. Police say Hunter did not see Buschard until it was too late. 

Witnesses reported that the driver hit the bicyclist and that the vehicle struck him while he was in the ditch. However, due to the damage to the car, and no tire tracks being present in the grass, police believe these statements were inconsistent with what actually happened. 

Buschard died at the scene.

Hunter submitted to a blood draw for alcohol and drugs, which is standard practice for these type of accidents. Officials do not believe Hunter was impaired at the time of the crash. Test results are pending.

Bedford Police, Bedford Fire Department, AMR Ambulance, Lawrence County Coroners Office, and Mikel’s Wrecker responded to the incident.