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Biker injured after collision with car

Cary Ashby • Jul 12, 2011 at 11:58 AM

(UPDATED with full story) The two residents of the apartment heard the unmistakable sound of a collision.

"You could hear the car hit the house. You could hear the bike lie down," said one man, who declined to give his name.

A four-door Dodge Intrepid hit the front of 609 E. Ohio 61 after hitting the Harley-Davidson motorcycle driven by Charles B. Griggs, 39. The Sandusky man was ejected from the bike and lay in the intersection of Ohio 61 and 601. The bike was about 30 feet northeast of the injured man on Ohio 601.

"He wasn't talking. He was conscious," said another apartment resident, who called 9-1-1 Monday morning.

The man, who was in his bedroom at the time of the crash, said he saw Griggs bleeding from what appeared to be his head and arm.

A LifeFlight helicopter transported Griggs to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo after the crash at 7:57 a.m. A hospital spokeswoman later said she had no information on a patient with that name.

Before Griggs was flown from the crash site, a woman in a nurse's outfit who was driving by stopped and talked to the injured man, the 9-1-1 caller said.

Trooper Tim Hoffman, of the state Highway Patrol, investigated the crash. He said Griggs sustained a head injury and a laceration to his right elbow.

"He wasn't wearing a helmet," the trooper added.

The driver of the Intrepid, Carrie A. Ozkan, 31, of 6 N. Pleasant St., was charged with failure to yield at a red light.

"She saw the red light," Hoffman said, and attempted to stop, but was unable to do so.

Griggs hit the side of Ozkan's car, Hoffman said, and was ejected from his bike.

Ozkan said she remembered running a yellow light, Hoffman said, but it turned to red. She sustained a small cut to her chest, which the trooper said could have been from the glass in the windshield, which had a large crack on the bottom, driver's side corner.

In the car with Ozkan was her 10-year-old son.

The 9-1-1 caller said when he first saw the Intrepid the boy "was trapped inside by the wall." He said he helped pull Ozkan's son out of the driver's side window. The boy was released at the scene to a relative who took him home.

"She had her son with her. He was OK," said Hoffman, the trooper.

The car hit the front of the apartment building on the passenger side, but sustained significant damage to the driver's side front and rear doors. There was no apparent damage to the building. The bike, which had heavy damage to its front and left side, and Intrepid were towed from the scene.

Norwalk firefighters responded to the crash site at 8:05 a.m. and prepared a landing zone for the LifeFlight helicopter.

Hoffman said speed, drugs and alcohol weren't factors.

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