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Norwalk biker in critical condition after collision with pickup truck

Cary Ashby • Apr 8, 2013 at 5:07 PM

A motorcyclist who wasn't wearing his helmet was hospitalized with serious injuries after a two-vehicle collision Sunday.

Thomas Stewart, 59, of 15B Olde Village Road, was listed in critical condition Monday in the intensive care unit of Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said. A LifeFlight helicopter transported him to the Toledo trauma center after the collision at 4:56 p.m. Sunday on Ohio 61 near Wells Road in Norwalk Township.

Thomas was southwest on Ohio 61 before the crash. Troopers with the state Highway Patrol reported John Dendenger, 37, of 1292 E. Ohio 61, was traveling the opposite direction when he turned left into a private driveway and turned into Thomas' path.

The 2007 Shadow bike driven by Thomas overturned onto its left side. Troopers said the driver, who wasn't wearing his helmet, was ejected.

The bike was towed from the scene with functional damage to the center front. The 2004 Ford Ranger pickup truck driven by Dendenger had functional damage to the left rear, but didn't get towed.

The Norwalk Fire Department responded to the crash site at 5:01 p.m.

Firefighters, who were on scene almost 45 minutes, said they provided basic life support, transferred patient care to North Central EMS upon their arrival and secured a landing zone for LifeFlight. The crew controlled traffic until troopers secured the scene.

Dendenger was charged with failure to yield the right-of-way while turning left.

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