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Motorcycle crashes into neighbor's yard


ELYRIA — After riding laps on Pinewood Drive all day Saturday, a man crashed his 1992 Honda motorcycle in a neighbor’s yard, according to a sheriff’s deputy who lives next door to the crash site.

Deputy Mike Lopez was off duty around 10:55 p.m. when the motor noises he’d been hearing for several hours suddenly changed.

“I could hear it was making a loud noise, then nothing. I came out and (the bike) was on its side,” he said.

A man staying at the biker’s house identified him as 38-year-old Tim Esper.

When he heard the crash, the man — who would not give his own name — ran outside and saw Esper standing next to the bike, clutching his side and trying to catch his breath, he said.

Esper was taken to EMH Regional Medical Center because several ribs may have been cracked.

Glenn Burnett said Esper fell when he hit the lip of Burnett’s driveway, sliding and leaving a furrow in his yard.

Lopez said he intends to file charges against Esper for fictitious plates because the Honda’s plates are registered to a Harley-Davidson in Cuyahoga County.

Additional charges for no endorsement and expired tags, as well as several traffic infractions, also are pending, Lopez said.

Contact Jason Hawk at 653-6264 or

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