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Motorcyclist killed in wreck

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Aug 21, 2013 at 9:41 AM

The state Highway Patrol is investigating a two-vehicle fatality crash that occurred Tuesday afternoon on U.S. 23 in Seneca County's Loudon Township.

Kenneth L. Pelton, 43, of 13965 Hartley Drive, Carey, was driving a 1993 Harley Davidson motorcycle south at 4:08 p.m. when he went left of center and began passing southbound traffic, troopers said. At the same time, Cindy Ann Hoepf , 50, of Alvada, slowed down and attempted to make a left turn into a private drive when she was struck by Pelton's motorcycle.

The collision caused Pelton to be ejected from his motorcycle, and his motorcycle struck a mailbox prior to its final rest.

Pelton, who was not wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene. It is unknown at this time whether alcohol was a factor. 

Hoepf did not sustain any injuries as a result of the crash, troopers said.

U.S. 23 remained closed for approximately three hours while emergency personnel were on scene. Troopers were assisted on scene by the Seneca County Sheriff’s Department, New Riegel Fire and EMS, LifeFlight, and John’s Towing.

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