The Sandusky post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a three-vehicle fatal crash that occurred on Ohio 53 north of Ohio 2 about 10:45 p.m. Saturday in Portage Township, Ottawa County.
A 1997 Dodge Dakota pickup being operated by Susie Gonzalez, 35, of Port Clinton, along with her passenger, Miguel Popoca, 37, of Port Clinton, Ohio were northbound on Ohio 53. A 2012 Harley-Davidson Street Glide being driven by Thomas Lamb, 53, of Boardman, and his passenger Angela Lamb, 49, also of Boardman, were southbound on Ohio 53. Also southbound was a 2008 Honda 1300 motorcycle being operated by John Rice, 43, of Toronto, Ohio along with his passenger Amy Rice, 42, also of Toronto.
The crash occurred when Gonzalez turned left in front of the motorcycles. The Harley Davidson struck the right side of the pickup ejecting both occupants. The Honda motorcycle struck the Harley Davidson motorcycle ejecting both occupants. All vehicles came to rest in the roadway. Gonzalez and Angela Lamb were flown to St Vincent’s Hospital in Toledo with serious injuries. John and Amy Rice along with Popoca were transported to Magruder Hospital in Port Clinton with non-life threatening injuries. Thomas Lamb was pronounced dead at the scene.
Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash. Seat belts weren't in use by either occupant in the pickup. Safety helmets were in use by all motorcyclists. No charges have been filed and the crash remains under investigation.
Assisting the Patrol at the scene was the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, Port Clinton Fire Department, United States Border Patrol, Catawba Island Police Department and Don’s Towing, and ODOT. Ohio 53 was closed for approximately four hours during the investigation.