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Injured motorcyclist flown from crash site

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 11:56 AM

GROTON TOWNSHIP - The Sandusky post of the state Highway Patrol says alcohol is not considered a factor in the crash Friday night involving a Monroeville driver and a Medina County motorcyclist.

Matthew J. Boggs, 28, of 11217 Thomas Road, was charged with failure to maintain assured clear distance in the crash at the intersection of Ohio 4 and Ohio 99. Troopers said he failed to see the 1999 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic motorcycle driven by Mitchell E. Smith, 51, of Valley City. Smith had stopped heading south on Ohio 4 and was waiting for traffic to clear to make a left turn onto Ohio 99.

Boggs' 2005 Chevrolet Impala hit the rear of the bike, ejecting Smith and his passenger, Pennie K. Walters, 46, of Medina. Troopers said both Smith and Walters weren't wearing helmets and the bike skidded about 60 feet down Ohio 4 before stopping.

A medical helicopter flew Walters from the scene to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center with serious injuries. There was no further information this morning about her condition.

North Central EMS transported Smith to Firelands Regional Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries. He was treated and released. Boggs, who was wearing a seatbelt, was not injured.

The crash remains under investigation.

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