A two-vehicle crash has claimed the life of a young woman from China who was working in this area through a visitor exchange program.
Xiaolan "Katie" Chen, 22 of GuangDong, China, was a passenger on a motorcycle involved in a two-vehicle crash Sunday evening in Perkins Township. She was flown to a Toledo hospital, where she died.
The crash took place about 7:48 p.m. on U.S. 250 near milepost 2 just south of East Perkins Avenue in Erie County, said troopers with the Sandusky post of the state Highway Patrol.
Robert Ciocca, 62, of Sandusky, was driving a four-door Mercury Milan north on U.S. 250 when he attempted to turn left onto Parkland Drive and collided with a southbound 1980 Yamaha XS1110G motorcycle being driven by Jerry Vara, 58, of Sandusky, troopers said.
The collision caused Vara and Chen to be ejected from the motorcycle. Neither was wearing a helmet, troopers said.
Vara and Chen were transported to Firelands Regional Medical Center by Perkins Township EMS. Chen then was flown by a LifeFlight helicopter to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, where she later was pronounced dead.
Ciocca's vehicle sustained moderate damage and was towed from the scene by Fast Times towing. Vara's motorcycle sustained heavy damage and was towed by Perkins Towing.
Troopers were assisted at the scene by Perkins Township Police and Fire and Sandusuky Police.
The crash remains under investigation, troopers said.
Alcohol is not considered a factor in the crash, troopers said. Rather, a combination of rain, poor visibility caused by darkness, the small size of the motorcycle and the motorcycle's lone headlight being obscured by other lights all contributed to the accident.
Ciocca was cited for failure to yield.