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Updated: Driver Indicted. Cincinnati Cyclist Dies After Being Hit By Alleged Drugged Driver

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This story was originally published on Feb. 1, 2016.

Update 2/09/2016: The Hamilton County Prosecutor says Melinda Woodall has been indicted on charges including two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide in the hit-and-run death of a bicyclist Michael Prater.

Joe Deters says Woodall also is charged with drug possession and other counts. He says she would face 15 years in prison if convicted on all charges. 

Woodall's attorney was in court Tuesday for another case and was unavailable for comment.

Update 2/2/2016: The Cincinnati Cycle Club and Queen City Bike in collaboration with MOBO Bicycle Coop and Cincinnati Off-Road Alliance will host a memorial Ghost Ride for Michael Prater.

The event will start at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 6 at the Lunken Airport parking lot at the intersection of Wilmer Avenue and Airport Road. The Ghost Bike will be unveiled at Kellogg Park at about 3:15 during a memorial service for Prater.

Original post (Feb. 1, 2016): A Cincinnati cyclist, hit by a car Sunday afternoon in Anderson Township, has died from his injuries. The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department reports a Jeep Cherokee driven by Melinda Woodall went off US 52 near Asbury Road and onto the shoulder to hit Michael E. Prater.

Prater died Monday morning at UC Medical Center as a result of his injuries.

Credit Hamilton County Sheriff's Department
Melinda Woodall is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident.

Woodall, 34 of Amelia, now faces aggravated vehicular homicide charges and leaving the scene of an accident.

Officers on the scene say Woodall tried to hide three bottles of pills in her bra when she hit Prater, had five syringes with residue, a metal spoon and a tourniquet in her purse that she admitted using for heroin.

Our news partner WCPO reports Woodall told a judge Monday that she was distracted by passengers in the rear seat when she hit Prater on Kellogg Avenue, but police said she appeared to be under the influence of prescription narcotics.