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Hit-and-run driver admits heroin use before fatally striking bicyclist

A bicyclist was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver, who later admitted to using heroin before getting behind the wheel near Cincinnati on Monday.

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The victim, 61-year-old William Rust III, of Cincinnati, was riding his bike along the shoulder of U.S. 52 in Anderson Twp., just east of Cincinnati Monday afternoon, our news partner WCPO-TV reports. 

A car, driven by Steven Sickle, 33, of Feesburg, Ohio, drifted off the road and hit Rust, throwing him from the bike, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office said in a media release. Deputies said Sickle fled the scene without stopping or attempting to help.

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Rust was pronounced dead at the scene.

Another person drove Sickle back to the scene of the crash, where he admitted to ingesting heroin before driving, WCPO-TV reports. 

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Sickle was charged with fleeing the scene of a deadly automobile crash, and aggravated vehicular homicide.  

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