Biker in critical condition

Cary Ashby • Apr 16, 2014 at 1:50 PM

A Bellevue motorcyclist was in critical condition Tuesday -- three days after another motorist hit the rear of his bike in Lyme Township.

Brandon M. Green, 28, of 223 1/2 York St., was listed in critical condition in the neural intensive care unit of Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center early Tuesday afternoon, a hospital spokeswoman said.

A LifeFlight helicopter flew Green to the Toledo trauma center after a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 20 Sunday. The accident happened at 7:25 p.m. just past the Ohio 4 intersection outside of Bellevue.

The other driver, Michael A. Kanuch, 33, of 1700 DeRussey Road, Collins, was charged with failure to maintain assured clear distance. Troopers with the state Highway Patrol's Norwalk post said Kanuch was eastbound on U.S. 20 and hit the rear of the 1999 Yamaha bike driven by Green, who was slowing to turn onto Beckstein Road.

Green was ejected from the bike and both he and the motorcycle stopped in the grassy media, troopers said.

His aunt, Katherine Smothers, told the Sandusky Register her nephew is considered a novice motorcyclist and his family isn't sure why Green wasn't wearing a helmet.

"He usually does," said Smothers, who also said Green's family doesn't understand how Kanuch didn't see him.

"Witnesses said his blinker was on and he has LED lights on motorcycle that were all lit up," she told the Register.

The 2006 Chrysler Pacifica driven by Kanuch went about 400 feet before it stopped, according to the Register. The car came to rest facing east on the south side of U.S. 20. Dendinger Bros. Car Care Center towed it from the scene with disabling damage to the front end.

Kanuch wasn't injured, troopers said, but his passenger, Brenda K. Martin, 46, also of 1700 DeRussey Road, Collins, was transported to Fisher-Titus Medical Center by North Central EMS with minor injuries.

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