Biker talks about his recovery

Local resident sustained serious injuries in two-vehicle wreck.
Cary Ashby
Feb 10, 2014


Greenwich resident Joe Mitchell had ridden a motorcycle for 10 years before he was in a crash.

"I've put over 25,000 miles on two bikes," he said.

But the serious injuries he sustained during the two-vehicle crash Oct. 12 means he won't be returning to work at Pepperidge Farm until March. "I've worked there 25 years," said Mitchell, who has been a production tech for more than a decade.

On Oct. 12, Mitchell was heading to work when Shawna K. Crooks, 23, of Willard, collided with his bike at the intersection of U.S. 224 and Ohio 61. Troopers with the state Highway Patrol said Crooks exited a New Haven gas station in a 2002 Ford Ranger, entered Mitchell's path and caused the accident. Crooks, who wasn't injured, was charged with failure to yield the right-of-way.

Mitchell wasn't so lucky.

For a story published in Saturday's paper, Mitchell discussed the accident, its aftermath and his recovery. So you don't miss stories such as this one, you can subscribe to the Norwalk Reflector to receive home delivery and/or the e-paper, which is a complete digital replica of each issue. For more information, call (419) 668-3771 or click HERE.




Thoughts and prayers are with you while you continue to heal. Please people you have to look for bikers they dont have much of a chance against a car or truck. Look twice and you could save a life!!!