Local motorcyclist seriously injured in crash

Pickup truck driver pulled into path of biker, who was ejected.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Oct 14, 2013


A local motorcyclist was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash Saturday on U.S. 224 near Ohio 61.

Joseph A. Mitchell, 49, of 21 E. Main St., Greenwich, was listed in critical condition in the intensive care unit on Sunday afternoon, a hospital spokeswoman said.

About 11:40 a.m. Saturday, Mitchell was driving a 2008 Honda motorcycle west on U.S. 224 when Shawna K. Crooks, 23, of 320 Emerald St., Willard, pulled her 2002 Ford Ranger from the parking lot of a BP Gas station, entering Mitchell's path, said troopers with the Norwalk post of the state Highway Patrol.

Mitchell laid down his bike on its left side and slid into the front of Crooks' truck. Mitchell was ejected from his bike and stopped in the roadway, troopers said. After the collision, Mitchell's bike continued westbound and came to rest on the berm.

Mitchell, who was wearing a helmet, sustained incapacitating injuries. He was transported to Mercy Willard Hospital. A medical helicopter later flew him to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo.

Crooks was wearing her safety belt and wasn't injured in the crash, troopers said. Her truck was driven from the scene.

The motorcycle was towed from the scene by Clark Brothers.

Willard Fire & Rescue and Clark Brother's Towing assisted troopers at the scene.

Crooks was charged with failure to yield from a private driveway.



I just want to point out that there was several witnesses at this accident and he was going at a slow speed. And it this point it doesn't matter he is in icu in cridical condition people should actually stop and think before they open their mouth. Respect what their family is going through, they don't need to be reading these ignorant comments.

swiss family

I , for one , will say that I have seen more than my fair share of Motorcyclists who are driving dangerously.I know that I will wait to pull out from a stop, to avoid being close to most motorcyclists, because they are enjoying their freedom so much, that they forget to obey the laws and pass on the wrong side, get into your blind spot and stay there because the air current works best for them,and lots of other violations that because of their size allows them to do some dangerous and illegal things.. Many times those "freedom feelings and actions" can end in a tragic way

Dr. Information

swiss. You driving your golf cart in your trailer park and barely missing a kid on a bike doesn't really relate to real life road situations.


Swiss = blo-rod.


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