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.

Comments

swiss family

I hope that he recovers fully, and quickly as well.. I do think it is past time to try to find a way to cut down on these accidents, between bikes and other vehicles on the road, both who have every right to be there, but with the bikes more often than not , being ,seemingly invisible in traffic.

I think we have all seen the headlights on certain cars that appear to be "blue" tinted, or "white hot" shades on cars, it is hard not to be drawn to them,, because of their unique color ... well what if they made it the law, that ONLY motorcycles could and had to use them, even being factory installed, and not allowing any car or truck to use them, that way , when you see the "colored" lights on the highway, and it catches your eye as they do, you will know it is a bike, without a doubt, and realize that they might be closer to you than you think....... it is just so tragic for these accidents to occur, and we do need to find a solution to this... best of luck and get well soon to this biker

luvblues2

That's ridiculous to suggest ONLY motorcycles have those headlights. What reason do you have for that statement? ALL vehicles should be able to be seen. If you want to separate the bikes why not have them have a 6 foot sissy bar with a yellow strobe light that is visible from a half mile away?

While you're at it, put a roll bar cage on the bike and make 'em wear a seatbelt. Make sure they have a way to contact their mommas just in case.

swiss family

Brenda... if you were able to actually comprehend what you read, you would see that I already clearly gave my reasons as to why motorcycles should have these distinct headlights. the main objective here is to make a drivers brain actually come out of "auto-pilot" mode and make it register that there is something "different" on the road. That is the main objective for motorcycle safety here.

If, in fact, ONLY motorcycles were not only allowed, but mandated, to have these distinct headlights, it is possible, that a drivers brain would NOT just blend them into the category of all other vehicles, thus, making their journey on the roads, safer.I know I am bias here, but I think that my idea of using distinct headlights, is a far better option, than your solution , using "6 foot sissy bars"and"yellow strobe lights, , and roll bar cages and seat belts"!!! I apologize in advance for using so many 2+ syllable words.. I will try to make it easier for you to not only read, but comprehend in the future..

luvblues2

Look, Karen. That is all you have to do.

I've dumbed it down so even YOU can understand.

All vehicles should be seen.

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been_there_done_that

Harley has come out with a slowly flashing headlight it helps with visibility, but is by no means mandatory. Good idea though! Prayers for this rider to recover fully.

nikki6279

Please pray for Joe and his wife Tammy! They are good people... and I hate it when bad things happen to the good... Why can't it be these repeat heroin offenders we read about everyday...

Gone2work

It's these idiots that don't take that extra fraction of a second to look...they just continue on. To me this is unacceptable! Charges need to be more serious with the driver at fault needing to have their driver's license suspended for at least a year!

ferball14

Everyone is blaming the person in the truck when no one really knows the exact total absolute truth. So I'm going to blame the biker and make my own scenario up like everyone else. He shouldn't have been driving his motorcycle so fast and he should have known he is hard to see on a bike so he should have been paying more attention to the other traffic. The story can go both ways you ignorant people...

propman

Everyone is commenting based on what is in the article Ferball.
From experience I can tell you, all to many drivers will look right through the person riding a motorcycle.
They glance over and then go without actually seeing what is there.

Dr. Information

This is actual been proven to be habit forming. 99% of the time we see cars and our eyes get trained to see just cars. Its like reading for example. We don't actually process each and every word we read and look at each letter. Our brain recognizes words based on length, the letter it starts and ends with. Ever had one of those trick readings that said how many letter "g's" are in this reading. Our brain works the same way. We think we are going to see a car and only a car at every stop without actually consciously thinking about it. When the brain doesn't process a car, we just move along.

Its so important nowadays to take that extra second or two and double check and really look.

Gone2work

Ferball, you seem to have a lot of anger towards motorcycle drivers. You poor thing, you can't help it if your brain is short on oxygen. Maybe you are one of those people that like to blame the victim. We will just have to excuse your ignorance :)

nikki6279

The article clearly states the driver of the truck was cited... Making them AT FAULT!! Im sure the state highway patrol also investigated his speed from the skid marks... and it doesn't say anything about HIM being charged does it! I hope he sues the sh$t out of her and anyone relatively related to her that he can get money out of. But the poor girl is just another one of 12 kids born to a welfare mother who lives off the system... So poor Joe who works everyday of his life will have to go through the long recovery process and get back to work so he can pay those taxes that support these entitled...

darkdays2013

You clearly have some weird personal issues with shawna and her family, I feel sorry for you and I pray that all your anger and hate for them makes you happy. maybe you have some insecurities or maybe your kids are really messed up from your horrible parenting skills but dont worry everything is gonna be ok.I am well aware of how dysfunctional your family is, how do i know this you ask, well I know who you are. and I also know that misery loves company. by the way none of what you said is accurate so next time get your facts straight please and thank you. remember god loves you and things will get better for you someday.

nikki6279

Save your "prayers" for Joe. And you obviously do NOT know me... because I have never been married and have never been a parent... I am a male... and I work with Joe.

darkdays2013

I once owned a pig named nannete and she played beautiful MUSIC..... your right i dont know you. by the way the part about you being a male lmao well.... who knows you probably are you disgust me.

Kottage Kat

Having reread the article I find the driver of the pick up truck to be at fault. It was daylight the issue of the headlight is moot.
Paying attention and taking an extra few seconds might make a difference and save a life.

swiss family

anyone who has been paying attention lately, would know , that most cars are set up to use their daytime running lights all of the time... even during the day. It is NOT so the drivers can see, because as you point out, it is daytime, but rather so that they can BE SEEN.That is also why the law now states that when you are using your wipers you must also use your headlights... So you are seen..

Also my point about the motorcycles being the only vehicles on the road who use the blue timted lights, is so , again, that they are SEEN by other, because as someone has pointed out, our brains do not always process all the available information, and we do NOT see what is there to see, but if something different is seen with our eyes, as in the blue tinted hot white lights, hopefully it will trigger our brains into taking another look because there is something "different" to see.

ferball14

Maybe the guy on the motorcycle ran a red light....now it's his fault....NO ONE KNOWS!!!!! stop blaming one over the other...

propman

Ferball, are you related to the driver?

Ispeed2_69

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buckeye15

Apparently you don't ever drive a car. If you do, you then become an idiot...by your own standard.

Ispeed2_69

Since I ride a motorcycle and have had my close calls with many drivers who just dont look twice ,if even at all. Sorry for the idiot comment but wasn't this young driver cited? Im out of this for the day ive got to work... I hope joe recovers to ride another day and I hope this makes everyone a little more aware of their surroundings before they proceed into the path of anything be it motorcycles cars trucks or whatever

Ispeed2_69

there is no red light to run you idiot

ferball14

Nooo but there is a light he went thru before he tucked and rolled....may have been red, may have been green...idiot....how can one be certain of his speed and mind set unless you were him or a passenger of his? No one knows....so why place blame? That's the only point I'm trying to make....and actually I'm related to the motor cycle driver, not the other driver so my opinion should be biased the other way but I'm not closed minded like you people...

Dr. Information

Investigation showed the driver was at fault. Now proceed with your rant.

Gone2work

Lol, Dr. Info!

Ferbal needs some antipsychotic meds :)

Ispeed2_69

maybe the driver of this car pumped her 2 dollars worth of gas into the car and was in a hurry to go get her pill fix for the day and that bike got in her way.... ferball is the jacka@s of the day

Kottage Kat

To call people idiots is just sharing you I Q.
Having been a passenger on innumerable motercycles has made more than cautious in regard to them when driving. Please remember there are those who ride motercycles who have a few faults also

Thank you and stay safe

kURTje

Get better Joe. Don't let the blo-rods get ya. Don't forget "cherry" from Willard West. (The kids are great & they are monsters)

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