Patrol investigating fatal crash in Ottawa County

Three vehicles involved
Jun 8, 2014


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.




Everyone PLEASE watch out for each other and the other GUY. Expect the unexpected because even a good driver can become distracted by the smallest thing. Motorcycle season is in full swing. I and my husband as well as many of our friends also ride. It can be scary sometimes because even though a motorcycle isn't as big as a car or a truck it is a vehicle that really isn't that easy to maneuver in a split second like people may think. My heart and prayers go out to all involved.


This is so sad. Prayers to the families and all involved. Had a car pull out in front of us on a motorcycle Thursday night. He never even saw us as we headed for the ditch. People are so preoccupied with talking on their cell phones, they don't take the time to come to a full stop and REALLY look before pulling out.