Thursday, June 20, 2019 Elyria 63°

Cops and Courts

Bicyclist struck by car in Avon Lake dies; driver faces criminal charges (UPDATED)

  • Sharan-A-Carr-jpg

    BMV photo of Sharan Carr



UPDATE: The bicyclist has been identified as Richard “Randy” Knilans, 66, of Avon Lake.

AVON LAKE — The bicyclist struck by a car Thursday night has died from his injuries, and the woman police believe drove the car that struck him was charged.

Sharan Carr, 64, of Sheffield Lake, was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to maintain control and operating a vehicle under the influence. Carr appeared in Avon Lake Municipal Court on Friday afternoon and had a $100,000 bond set. She has a preliminary hearing scheduled at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday, police were called about a possible impaired driver traveling west on Lake Road. Police said the vehicle had struck a bicyclist at Lake and Miller roads, and the driver was pulled over by Sheffield Lake police at Lake Road and Maplewood Avenue.

The bicyclist, who has not been identified pending family notification, was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, where he died of his injuries.

The incident happened about three weeks after another cyclist was seriously injured after a hit-skip at Lake and Moore roads in Avon Lake. In that incident, the accused driver, Allison Spoerl, 21, of Avon Lake, struck Patty Banks, 51, of Bay Village, on May 15. Witnesses told police Spoerl was westbound on Lake Road and took a sharp left turn onto Moore Road, hitting the bicyclist as she rode east on the south side of Lake Road.

The car did not stop and continued south on Moore Road. Spoerl was arrested after her car was found at an auto body shop. She appeared in Avon Lake Municipal Court on Thursday.

Avon Lake Police Detective Sgt. Reed Reikowski said the two accidents happening so close together was unusual for the city.

“I haven’t seen these types of events with this rapid of succession,” he said. “This is not typical from what we see from our motorists and bicyclists.”

Reikowski also said due to the warmer weather and upcoming summer season, he and Avon Lake police reminded motorists to keep at least 3 feet from pedestrians and bicyclists at all times on the road.

Contact Bruce Walton at (440) 329-7123 or Follow him on Facebook @BWalton440 or Twitter @BruceWalton.

Click to view comments
To Top

Fetching stories…