Motorcyclist injured in turnpike crash

Crash took place Friday
Scott Seitz2
Aug 9, 2013

MILAN TOWNSHIP -- The Milan post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a serious injury crash that occurred on the Ohio Turnpike in eastbound lanes in Milan Township.

The crash occurred at about 11:57 a.m. Friday.

James Allen Metzinger, 64, of Canfield, was operating a 2013 Honda Goldwing motorcycle grey in color, sustained heavy disabling damage to both sides of the vehicle, and was towed from the scene by Interstate Towing.

Metzinger was ejected from the motorcycle. Metzinger suffered serious incapacitating injuries and was flown from the scene of the crash by Life Flight to St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo. Metzinger was not wearing a helmet.

A second vehicle was a 2005 Dodge Caravan silver in color, sustained minor damage to the rear of the right side of the vehicle, the vehicle remained drivable and was released from the scene.

The van was driven by Ryan F. Knaack, 25, of Albany, N.Y. Knaack was not injured.

Both Units were traveling eastbound on the Ohio Turnpike near mile post 120 when Metzinger moved from the center lane and sideswiped Knaack who was in the left lane. Metzinger lost control, slid off the roadway, ejecting the driver, who came to rest against the medial wall of the roadway.

Several Ohio Turnpike patrons including Dr. Jonathan Schweid, assisted with life saving measures until North Central EMS arrived on scene. Also on scene were Milan Township Fire, LifeFlight and the Ohio Turnpike Maintenance Department.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor at this point of the investigation, which is not complete.