PRESS RELEASE, 7/24/2006

Man faces 30 years in prison for the deaths of two bicyclists in Crosby Township

Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney Joseph T. Deters announced today the indictment of Anthony Gerike, of Batavia, for the deaths of two bicyclists in Crosby Township.

Gerike, 25, has been indicted on eight counts including Aggravated Vehicular Homicide and failure to Stop After an Accident. On Sunday, July 16, 2006 at 11:15 am, the defendant was driving a 1993 Geo Tracker eastbound on New Haven Road when he crossed the double yellow line and crashed into bicyclists Terry Walker, of Fairfield, and Amy Gehring, of Cincinnati.

Walker, 52, and Gehring, 51, were on a Sunday morning bike ride with a group of 10 bicyclists when they were hit. They were killed instantly. Gerike was under the influence of alcohol and was driving with a suspended license. He was taken to University Hospital where he was treated for injuries and released.

Gerike is currently being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center on a $1 million bond. He faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted on all charges.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters said, "This defendant's senseless act and disregard for innocent life has caused immeasurable harm to the victims' families and this community. The only sure way to keep him from driving again is to lock him up for as long as possible."