Avid bicyclist hit by SUV

By CARY ASHBY Reflector Staff Writer
Aaron Krause
Jun 4, 2010

By CARY ASHBY

Reflector Staff Writer

cashby@norwalkreflector.com
A Norwalk bicyclist is hospitalized in a Toledo trauma center after being hit by a sport utility vehicle Thursday afternoon.
Michael Schwieterman, 50, of 123 E. Ohio 61, was listed in fair condition at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center at press time, a hospital spokeswoman said. Trooper Jeremy Clemons, of the state Highway Patrol, said the bicyclist sustained a deep abrasion to his left leg and a closed head wound and complained of abdominal pain. Schwieterman was wearing a helmet.
“I think his whole body is aching right now. I’m not sure of the entire extent,” Schwieterman’s wife, Chriss, said. “I wouldn’t say anything is life-threatening.”
Chriss said her husband seemed to be doing pretty well Thursday night after he got some pain medication.
At 3:32 p.m., Michael Schwieterman was heading north in the 4700 block of Ohio 601 when the northbound 1999 GMC Jimmy driven by Jason B. Potts, 22, of Rochester, hit the left side of Schwieterman’s bike, Clemons said.
Both the bike and SUV had non-functional damage, meaning they could be driven from the scene.
Charges are pending. However, Clemons’ report indicates the contributing factor for Potts was following too closely.
Schwieterman typically goes biking two to five times a week in the summer.
“He likes being out on his bike,” his wife said.
Due to road work in the area Thursday, Schwieterman had to detour to Ohio 601 instead of coming home on Laylin Road, she said.
“We normally ride out Laylin Road … That’s not his normal route,” Chriss Schwieterman explained.
Despite the crash and his father’s injuries, the Schwietermans’ son, recent St. Paul High School graduate, Eric, headed to the state track meet as an alternate today at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. His mother said this morning her son definitely has been worried about his dad, but he should be OK since he’s serving as an alternate and not running today.
Chriss said she gave Eric the option of not going, but told him there was nothing else he could do for his family by not attending the meet. She and Michael had planned to go as well, but she said the accident obviously changed their plans.