September 19, 2014

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Ohio Bike week marred by fatal crash

SANDUSKY — The beginning of Ohio Bike Week has been marred by the death of motorcyclist in a traffic crash.

The State Highway Patrol said 48-year-old Kristina McGraw was killed Monday on the first day of the event in Sandusky. Troopers said she was thrown from her 2003 Harley-Davidson Sportster when a Jeep operated by a 16-year-old driver turned in front of her and she crashed into it.

Ohio Bike Week is one of the largest motorcycle rallies in the Midwest. One of the organizers, Steve Ernst, told the Sandusky Register that McGraw’s death is a tremendous blow to the local biker community. He said she headed up a last-minute Bike Week fundraiser last weekend to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network.

No charges were immediately filed.


  • Mark

    thank you CT for not making it look like the rider was at fault.

    The 16 yr old had a 17 yr old in the car with her. Thought that was against the law?

    And here we go again… the car violates the way,kills the poor woman, and “No charges were immediately filed.” Why not? Ohio and its springtime “open season” on motorcycle riders… :”kill one, no charges get filed”… this is what, three times this year??

    • Bob Sweatt

      If the driver only had her temps, then yes it would be illegal.

      I am sure this happened due to the driver being distracted by either her passenger or she was to busy messing around on her.

      Look twice. Save a bike’sr live.

  • Mike wowk

    Its ashame another rider looses their life on their bike. Not to remove any blame from the car driver, but it’s a pretty safe bet there wasnt a helmet on the head of the HD rider. Its sad that this lady lost he life in what was probably a low speed wreck that proper riding gear would have allowed he to walk away from with a limp for a few days.. RIP young lady….ATGATT All The Gear All The Time.