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Two critically injured in motorcycle, SUV crash


LORAIN — Two people suffered critical injuries in a collision between an SUV and a motorcycle Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Kansas Avenue and E Street.

The male motorcyclist, whose name was not released by police, is a 45 year-old Lorain resident.

The driver of the SUV, a silver 2008 Kia Sportage, was a 72-year-old Sheffield Lake woman, police said.

Both were transported from the crash scene by LifeCare ambulance crews to Mercy Regional Medical Center, and later flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, according to a report issued Saturday night by Officer Kyle Gelenius of the Lorain Police Department Traffic Bureau.

Their conditions were not known at presstime.

The crash occurred shortly before 4:30 p.m. when a black 1998 Honda motorcycle southbound on Kansas Avenue collided with the Kia Sportage, which was eastbound on E Street, police said.

The impact ejected the man, who was not wearing a helmet, from his motorcycle, which fell over and came to a stop in the intersection.

The Kia continued south of the intersection on Kansas Avenue before leaving the road, driving into a front yard and veering across the street, where it crashed into a fence of another residence, police said.

Assistant Lorain Fire Chief Gary Burls said firefighters received a call about the crash at 4:30 p.m. Once they arrived at the scene, firefighters helped get the female driver out of her vehicle, and assisted ambulance personnel who transported the motorcyclist.

Burls said firefighters remained at the scene until after 7 p.m. to help clean up debris.

Police cordoned off the intersection as well as portions of several front and side yards of properties abutting the intersection with yellow tape that was wound around trees in spots.

The intersection was littered with debris after the crash, along with the man’s shoes, which were laying near the motorcycle.

Stella Simmons was preparing dinner in her home on the southeast corner of the intersection when she heard the crash.

“It really shocked me,” Simmons said as she and her husband, Nathaniel, looked on from the front steps of their home as police and firefighters cleaned up the scene.

“I heard it and when I looked out the window, the car was coming through the grass right here,” Simmons said, gesturing to an area in her yard 15 to 20 feet beyond her front steps. “It really scared me.”

“The whole driver’s side was dented in,” Simmons said. “I thought it would stop, but it just kept coming.”

After traveling through the couple’s yard, the vehicle made a sharp turn, crossed Kansas Avenue and drove into the yard of a home facing Simmons’ property, where it came to a stop after striking the corner of a garage.

Nathaniel Simmons said the motorcyclist was wearing a sleeveless T-shirt and pants but no helmet.

The couple said the man appeared to be bleeding around his head and shoulder.

“He had a big gash on his leg,” Nathaniel Simmons said.

Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or sfogarty@chroniclet.com.

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