December 20, 2014

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Motorcyclist injured in crash with SUV

BRIGHTON TWP. — A man was thrown from his motorcycle and flown to a hospital after being injured in a two-vehicle crash Saturday evening.

About 7 p.m. Robert Howard, 49, of Canton, was riding his motorcycle eastbound on state Route 18 toward the intersection at state Route 511. Christine Piero, 37, of Sheffield Lake, was driving two passengers in her Ford Escape westbound on Route 18 toward the same intersection.

According to a report from the Ohio Highway Patrol, Howard passed a car stopped at the corner and drove into the intersection, where he hit Piero’s vehicle, which was coming from the opposite direction and turning left onto Route 511.

Howard wasn’t wearing a helmet and was thrown from his motorcycle in the crash, according to the patrol. Piero and her two passengers, all of whom were wearing seatbelts, received minor injuries from the crash.

They were treated at the scene by paramedics and the Wellington Fire Department.

Paramedics treated Howard at the scene before he was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

A condition for Howard was not available late Saturday.

Troopers don’t think alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash.

The Ohio Highway Patrol, Lorain County Sheriff’s Office, Wellington Fire Department and South Lorain County Ambulance District responded to the accident.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.