Ashland man death while mountain biking ruled an accident

(Jackson County Sheriff's Office)

A 56-year-old Ashland man has died while mountain biking on Hitt Road, two miles south of Strawberry Lane in Ashland on Monday.

Jackson County Sheriff's Office says the man and his bicycle was found by a hiker in a common route for hikers and for biking.

JCSO Medical Examiner's Office is currently working to confirm the cause of death. The family of the man has been notified and his name will be released at a later time.

No other information is available.

[UPDATE 2/6/18 1:50 PM] The Jackson County Medical Examiner has determined the cause of death as accidental. An autopsy revealed that 56-year-old John Edward Thomas Jr. had sustained significant head trauma after falling off his bicycle. Thomas was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

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