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Cyclist intoxicated at time of deadly bike crash

Officials reveal the victim has been identified as 55-year-old Mark Thornton. Officials reveal the victim has been identified as 55-year-old Mark Thornton.
COPIAH COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

More details have emerged in the death of a Copiah County bicyclist who was discovered early Wednesday morning on a road behind Crystal Springs High School.

Crystal Springs Police Department say there is a death pending investigation for 55-year-old Mark Thornton, a bicyclist who died on North Bennett Street in Crystal Springs.

While the body was discovered Wednesday morning, employee of the Copiah County Coroner's office Judy Evans, reveals that Thornton actually died when he crashed his bike Tuesday night. According to reports from the coroner's office, Thornton was intoxicated at the time of the incident.

Thornton died of severe head injuries after he landed face first in a concrete ditch after running into a barrier and flipping over the handle bars of his bike.

What was first looked at as an incident of a bicyclist being struck by a vehicle, has investigators considering the other factors that may have led to the cyclist's death.

Crystal Springs Police confirm units responded to a bicyclist in need of help near the high school on North Bennett Street Wednesday morning. Several emergency crew responders attempted to treat the victim at the scene.

Officials reveal Thornton's body did not display any visible signs of trauma that would correlate with being struck by a vehicle, but say the death remains an open investigation at this time. 

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