STOW — John Shinosky preferred pedaling to stepping on a gas pedal.

“He was an avid cyclist,” said Andy Shinosky, John Shinosky’s older brother, on Tuesday. “He literally put more miles on his bicycle than he did on his car.”

Shinosky, 56, of Tallmadge, died after he was hit by a pickup truck while riding his bicycle south on Young Road at Call Road about 1 p.m. Sunday. The pickup truck was eastbound on Call Road when the two collided.

“Initial investigation indicates that both parties involved failed to stop at their respective stop signs prior to the collision,” Stow police said in a news release.

Police and the Summit Metro Crash Response Team are still investigating and no additional information has been released.

Shinosky was taken to Summa Akron City Hospital, where he later died from his injuries. According to the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office, Shinosky died of blunt force trauma to the head and chest.

The driver of the 2005 Ford F-350 pickup truck, a 61-year-old Medina man, wasn't injured.

John Shinosky was a familiar face at the Tallmadge Farmers Market. According to the Facebook page for his business, John’s Cookies, he was a regular there, selling his baked goods on Thursdays.

According to the John’s Cookies’ website, Shinosky operated the business that he started in 1996 out of his home, where he had a specially equipped “cookie room” for baking.

“The concept of this business began back in my college days,” Shinosky wrote on the website. “Instead of waiting for my roommate's mom to send him cookies, I decided to try my hand at baking. Even though the first batch was nothing to write home about, I kept at it. I tinkered with the recipes until the cookies finally garnered my seal of approval (and as picky as I am, that wasn't easy to do). I continued this hobby after college and over the years built a customer base at work and in my community. When people started offering to pay me to make their Christmas cookies, I figured it was time to turn this hobby into a real business. The rest is history.”

Andy Shinosky said his brother went full time with the business after retiring several years ago as a computer systems administrator for Goodyear.

“[Baking] was his passion,” he said. “He loved doing that and he hated the rat race, you know, the corporate world.”

Andy Shinosky said his brother was also a sports fan, who followed the Indians and local high school teams. Shinosky talked about this in a 1999 Akron Beacon Journal story, saying he began following Tallmadge High School sports after the girls softball team won a state championship five years earlier, about a year after he moved to the city.

“I went over to the softball field the next season and started watching them, and then I started following volleyball and basketball," Shinosky said. "I just like watching sports and I like kids.”

Andy Shinosky said his brother was a “life-long bachelor.”

“He kind of lived vicariously through his nieces and nephews and my grandkids and my sister’s grandkids,” he said. “He was a favorite of all the kids because at all the family gatherings, he’d play with them and they’re really heartbroken.”

“He was a good guy," his brother said. "He was a good man.”

 

Jeff Saunders can be reached at 330-541-9431, jsaunders@recordpub.com or @JeffSaunders_RP.