Woman Killed, Man Hurt in Motorcycle Crash

LIBERTY CENTER -- A McClure woman was killed, and a Napoleon man seriously injured after a motorcycle crash that happened Monday night near Liberty Center.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says Randolph Junge and Jennifer Carrol were riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle easbound on US 24 near the intersection with State Route 109.  Troopers say Junge lost control, and hit a westbound semi driven by Igor Shcholyez of Ontario, Canada.

Both Junge and Carrol were thrown from the motorcycle.  Carrol was pronounced dead at the scene.  Junge was flown by air ambulance to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, where he's listed in critical condition.

The driver of the truck was not hurt.

The Highway Patrol says neither rider was wearing a helmet.  Troopers from the Bowling Green post are still investigating the crash.

Sgt. Bill Bowers of the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Bowling Green post says northwest Ohio leads the state in the number of fatal motorcycle accidents.  "I'm sure the gas prices have caused people to resort to using alternative transportation and stuff," said Sgt. Bowers in a story first broadcast on News 11 in June.  "There's a lot of motorcycles out there."

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, about 150 motorcyclists die on the state's roads in an average year.  Ohio is among the top five states with the highest number of motorcycle riders in the nation.  The Patrol also says motorcycle sales are growing at about 16% every year.

On the Web:
Ohio State Highway Patrol: www.statepatrol.ohio.gov

Posted by AEB