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Friday, September 9, 2016

Long-time Fort Thomas Business Owner Dies After Being Hit By Car

The former Sarelli's location on S. Fort Thomas Avenue. FTM file. 
A Fort Thomas woman and long-time business owner has died after being hit by a car on Thursday.

Cincinnati police said Sarah Cole, 35, was struck while crossing the street in the 4100 block of Hamilton Avenue shortly before 6 p.m.

Cole owned and operated Sarelli’s on S. Fort Thomas Avenue for eight years, before opening up Tickle Pickle in February of this year. Her new restaurant was less than a block away from where she was struck.

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Cole was taken to UC Medical Center, where she died early Friday, the Hamilton County Coroner's Office said.

Police said Cole was not in a crosswalk at the time she was struck.

The driver of the car that hit Cole was not injured, police said.

Tickle Pickle. FTM file. 

CPD said impairment and excessive speed were not factors in the crash, which remains under investigation.

Tickle Pickle is a fast casual restaurant offering organic milkshakes and locally sourced burgers. Cole originally planned to move Sarelli’s to the new space but decided to launch a new business that includes catering service instead after leaving her Fort Thomas location.


  1. Awe, this is so sad. Thoughts and prayers to her family. I will be thinking of you all!

  2. That guy ran a red light it makes me mad that you guys make it seem like it was her fault I know her for years and had been best friends with her daughter for 10 years she was a awesome mother to Ellie and hunter the best mom I ever met

  3. OMG, I'm so very sad for the loss of her and her family. I live in Ft Thomas, and knew her. What a tragedy to everyone concerned. I'm in tears. Prayers for her family and friends. RIP

  4. she was a former neighbor and a lovely person. prayers to her family.

  5. I've heard the eyewitnesses have stated that the guy ran a red light. I'd like to know how fast he was going that he couldn't stop. My heart hurts for her son and daughter. God bless.

  6. Yeah, she wasn't in the crosswalk, but there was also a red light that EARL WOODS ran. Maybe you should get your facts straight before you start writing articles about people you don't even know. As her DAUGHTER, I can tell you she wouldn't have risked crossing the street like that if there wasn't a red light. Don't try and assume you know everything about the accident if you don't even ask witnesses, and considering the fact that I am one, I can say half of this article is FALSE.

  7. That's very sad that such a person has died.
    I hope, his children would be worthy to continue the business of their parent