A woman is dead after a three-vehicle crash involving two motorcycles and a Chevy Trailblazer on Saturday night.
DOVER TWP. A New Philadelphia woman is dead and troopers are investigating after an alcohol-related, fiery three-vehicle crash involving two motorcycles and a sport utility vehicle Saturday evening.
The 54-year-old woman was a passenger on a 2014 Harley-Davidson motorcycle driven by a 48-year-old man, who remains in critical condition at Akron City Hospital after he was taken there by an emergency medical helicopter, according to a news release from the Ohio Highway Patrol’s New Philadelphia post.
The driver of a 2005 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, identified as a 38-year-old New Philadelphia man, also remained in the Akron hospital, listed in fair condition.
Troopers were called at 6:11 p.m. Saturday to Crooked Run Road near May Valley Road to investigate the crash.
Through their investigation, they determined that a 31-year-old Baltic man was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer west on Crooked Run Road and the motorcycles were eastbound.
Lt. Mark Glennon said that the driver of the Trailblazer lost control of his vehicle on a curve, traveled left of center and struck the motorcycle carrying the woman. The motorcycle went off the right side of the road and quickly became engulfed in flames, Glennon stated in the news release.
The second motorcycle swerved to avoid striking the vehicles, went off the right side of the road and overturned, he said.
The driver of the Trailblazer was not injured.
Both motorcycle drivers and the woman were taken by emergency helicopter to the Akron hospital.
“Alcohol consumption is a contributing factor for the at-fault vehicle,” said Glennon, adding that the motorcyclists wore no helmets and that the crash remained under investigation.
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