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Police briefs, Aug. 8, 2007


Avon police say death on I-90 likely suicide

AVON — Avon police are considering the Monday death of an Elyria man who walked into Interstate 90 traffic an apparent suicide.

Witnesses saw Jeffrey Lange, 22, sitting on a guardrail outside his vehicle shortly before he walked into the center lane of oncoming traffic around 6 a.m., Avon police Chief Paul Romond said.

Lange was killed instantly when he was hit by a tractor-trailer, just east of the Jaycox Road overpass on Interstate 90 in Avon.

Toxicology tests on Lange are still pending, according to county Coroner Paul Matus.

Although the investigation continues, Romond said he doesn’t anticipate charges would be brought against the driver of the tractor-trailer, Charles Kent, of Huron.

Motorcycle broadsides car; two badly injured

AMHERST — Two people were seriously injured Monday evening after the motorcycle they were riding broadsided a car turning onto the state Route 2 entrance ramp off state Route 58.

Jerry Barfield, 40, of Amherst, and Dawn Rizzen, 40, of Wadsworth, were flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland after the crash.

Barfield was southbound on Route 58 on a 1985 Kawasaki motorcycle with Rizzen as his passenger when a northbound 2004 Dodge Neon turned left to get on the westbound state Route 2 entrance ramp.

The motorcycle struck the passenger side of the Neon, driven by 18-year-old Asia Woodmacy, of Vermilion, at about 8:20 p.m.

Neither was wearing a helmet, Amherst police Sgt. Dan Jasinski said.Rizzen was listed in fair condition Tuesday at MetroHealth, while Barfield was in critical condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Woodmacy was not injured in the crash, police reported.

The crash remains under investigation and no charges have been filed, Jasinski said.

Amherst teen says man tried to grab him

AMHERST — An Amherst teenager told police that he fought off a man who attempted to grab him and pull him into his van as the boy rode his scooter through the Amherst Junior High School parking lot late Monday.

The 16-year-old boy told police that the van had followed him as he rode his scooter from his apartment complex near the intersection of Middle Ridge Road and Pyle South Amherst Road north through downtown to the school.

The boy told police that when the man grabbed him, he was able to knock the suspect down and get away, riding his scooter to a nearby friend’s house, where he called police about 11:30 p.m.

The boy said the van and its driver had followed him before, but he never reported it to police.

The man — who has not been caught — is described as a white man in his 40s wearing a red and white baseball cap. Amherst police Sgt. Dan Jasinski said the man had shoulder-length hair and some facial hair

The full-size van the suspect was driving has only been described as red, Jasinski said.

Officers took the boy home and spoke to his mother.

No other similar incidents have been reported to Amherst police.

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