December 21, 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.