Woman, 44, competes with her husband in Ironman, Ohio, kills when she cycles out of the safety zone and bumps forward against an oncoming tractor-trailer
- Kristen J. Oswald, 44, from Royersford, Pennsylvania died during an Ironman event
- She cycled outside the safety zone and was hit by a tractor trailer
- Oswald, who had worn a helmet, was declared dead on the spot on Sunday
- She had started the Ironman 70.3 Ohio race with husband Chris
- He only heard that his wife died two hours later after completing the race
A triathlon competitor participating in an Ironman in Ohio with her husband died after being hit by a tractor trailer during the cycling phase.
Kristen J. Oswald, 44, from Royersford, Pennsylvania, was beaten shortly before 9 am, near US 23 and Troutman Road, in Delaware County.
Oswald had already swam 1.2 km, the first leg of the Ironman 70.3 Ohio race, and was on the 56 mile bike ride when she died.
She cycled outside a safety zone, where the authorities had forced a lower-speed zone for motorists, Ohio State Highway Patrol said. After she hit the left lane of the highway, she was hit by a tractor and died on the spot.
Oswald's husband, Chris, also took part in the race and only learned that his wife was dead two hours later after the race was completed, according to NBC4i.
Kristen J. Oswald (left), 44, died tragically during the Ironman 70.3 Ohio race on Sunday, she raced with husband Chris (right)
The Oswalds had participated in several endurance events last year, including another Ironman in Lake Placid (above)
Claude Tremblay, 55, from Sarnia, Ontario, was identified as the driver of the commercial truck trailer.
There are no charges brought against Tremblay from Monday New York Post wrote.
It was confirmed that Oswald was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Alcohol and drugs were not suspected as a factor in her death.
A spokesperson for the competition organizers said that there was & # 39; deeply sad & # 39; was to confirm death in a statement.
& # 39; Shortly after the start of the bike section of the race, there was an incident with the athlete and a vehicle.
Oswald lost her life after cycling out of a safety zone and on the path of this trailer truck (above)
The police closed the area after the death of Oswald, who had left a safety zone for cyclists with a lowered speed limit (above)
& # 39; Our condolences go to the athlete's family and friends, which we will continue to support.
& # 39; We will continue to work with local and national authorities to collect all details on how this incident has occurred and will help them in every way possible. As this is an ongoing investigation, all further requests must be made to the authorities. & # 39;
Laura Smith Meitzler paid tribute to her deceased brother or sister online and described the incident as & # 39; overwhelmingly sad & # 39 ;.
& # 39; We have had such a great time. The best sister and aunt, & she wrote.
Laura Smith Meitzler (photo left, right) shared several tributes online to her sister Kristen Oswald (photo left, left) and others remembered her kindness. Kristen entered the race with husband Chris (photo right, left)
A grieving person who claimed to have known Kristen from high school, said: & she was always a very sweet person. I can't imagine what your family and Jim & # 39; s family are going through. Praying for everyone. & # 39;
Beverly Decker Seidner has posted: & # 39; My heart is broken for all of you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Remembering Kristi very lovingly. & # 39;
Approximately 2,600 people attended this year's event, which began at 7 a.m. – according to NBC.
The course took them for a first 1.2 mile swim through Delaware State Park, after leaving the water athletes advanced to the cycling phase.
They would then climb on board their bikes for 56 miles, travel through three counties and end up at Wesleyan University Stadium in Ohio.
From there, the participants had to race 12.1 miles back to the stadium.
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