October 1, 2014

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Signs for bikes may have helped avert crash

CARLISLE TWP. — Signs posted near the intersection of Diagonal and Parsons roads are in place to alert bicyclists who are participating in the Bike MS: Pedal to the Point Ride 2013 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society of the dangerous curve.

But for one local teen, the signs may have saved his life.

According to Trooper Justin Lister of the Elyria post of the Ohio Highway Patrol, at 4:47 p.m., a 17-year-old male from North Ridgeville was driving southbound on Diagonal Road when he lost control of the vehicle, just missing an oncoming vehicle.

The northbound vehicle slowed just in time and the teen, in order to prevent a head-on collision, overcorrected, which sent his car into the ditch.

“He was going too fast and the right tires got stuck,” Lister said. “To avoid further injury, he went into the ditch.”

Lister cited the teen for failure to control. There were no injuries.

According to Lister, there are caution signs before the bend, signaling to motorists to slow down.

“The speed limit (on Diagonal Road) is 55 mph, but there are caution signs telling (drivers) to go 15 mph,” Lister said.

The newly installed signs, which are for bicyclists, read “Dangerous Intersection” and “Caution SLOW.”

However, the “Dangerous Intersection” sign, despite being hidden by growing weeds, may have alerted the other driver of the dangerous curve ahead.

For locals, including the homeowner, it would make sense for someone to put up signs at the intersection because there have been accidents there in the past.

“It’s horrible,” he said, adding that this is the first year the field next to his property has grown corn.

Melissa Linebrink at 329-7243 or mlinebrink@chronicle.com.


  • Jason M. Schmidt

    This article does not make much sense. Seems to be missing a few pieces.

    • Mark

      I just read it and agree with you Jason. Had the same thought. Are we talking bikes, or reckless young drivers?

    • Zen Grouch

      Seemed pretty straight forward to me.
      #1. Kid lost control of his bike.
      #2. Kid was given a citation for failure to control is vehicle.

      • Mark

        seems you’ve learned how to post… nothing.
        Read the article. Yep einstein, it’s pretty obvious he crashed… but IF you read it, you’ll see he lost control of his “vehicle”, not his “bike”. See, the signs are for “bikes”, he was driving a vehicle… NOW do you see the problem genius?

        • Zen Grouch

          Only problem I see in this topic is an inability on your part to comprehend what you’ve read, and maybe a lacking in rudimentary English…

          …a bicycle IS A VEHICLE Mr. Smarty Pants!

          As far as the genius thing goes… could be… since I am a member of Mensa…

          • Joe Smith

            A vehicle (from Latin: vehiculum[1]) is a mobile machine that transports passengers or cargo. Most often, vehicles are manufactured, such as bicycles, cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, trains,ships, boats and aircraft.[2]

            Yep

  • Sue Lawson

    I live on one of these dangerous intersections. The bicyclist also need to be more cautious. One in a group of 20 bikes will look both ways then yell “CLEAR.” Then ALL the bikes go at once. I was taught a bicyclist follows the rules of the road, just like the driver of a car. I don’t know how many times people have honked and had to stop because of the bicycles. Please bicyclists, follows the rules of the road. STOP at stop signs. It scares me that they are so reckless on their bikes.

    • Zen Grouch

      Exactly! When you hit one of these guys, then yell at him for scratching your paint job, he’s all playing the bloody victim, in the fetal position in the middle of the street, like your paint job doesn’t matter to him at all…

      When I was much more reckless and healed from stupid injuries quicker, I ran a stop sign on my bike to come face to face, through her windshield, as I was sprawled out on the hood, with a poor soul who was as freaked out for hitting me as she could be.

      I was trying to yell, “Don’t hit the brakes!” when she stomped on ‘em hard, sending me rolling off the hood as I watched my now bent and dinged up bike bouncing willy-nilly down the road all in slow motion. Then I found myself, kind a like sliding into home, except I was doing it on hot asphalt.

      Poor lady was screaming like she like just dropped a baby on it’s head then accidentally stepped on it, as I picked up my bike and ran away before the cops showed up…

      …could still hear her screaming a couple blocks away.

      • Mark

        so, you ran a stopsign, but she is at fault….

        • Zen Grouch

          You really do need to learn how to read, and then understand what you read.

          Check it out again Bubba, and tell me *EXACTLY!* where I blamed anyone for the crash other than myself!

  • ken

    I agree with you Jason. no bike!

  • michael

    On a road where cars are going fast, there are bikes going 5 mph taking up the whole lane. Maybe we need a better bike path? Cars are driving on the wrong side of the road trying to get around them.

    • chiefusn63

      just as they would do for an slower car…

  • FoodForThought63

    Do people even read the article before commenting? To clear it up for you folks: She is saying the signs were posted for the bicyclists, who were passing through on a “Pedal to the Point” ride to benefit MS research. The cyclists are riding to Cedar Point, so this isn’t an issue of them riding on the country road due to a lack of bike paths. Secondly, she is saying that the other driver likely saw the signs alerting the cyclists to slow down and that it was a dangerous intersection. So, that other driver likely slowed, preventing her from being hit head on by the kid who crashed. Hopefully the breakdown makes it a bit easier for you to understand.