October 25, 2014

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Motorcyclist remains in critical condition after crash

LORAIN — A motorcyclist critically injured in a Saturday crash remained in critical condition at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland on Monday night, according to a nursing supervisor.

Scot Donohue 45, of the 2100 block of Garfield Avenue in Lorain, was injured in a crash at the intersection of Kansas Avenue and E Street about 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Donohue collided with a Kia Sportage driven by a 72-year-old Sheffield Lake woman who also was critically injured.

A report released by police on Monday night did not identify the woman. Metro will not release the conditions of victims if their names are not provided.

The report said Donohue was thrown from the motorcycle by the impact. He was found lying facedown in the intersection bleeding from the head with a cut on his right leg.

The report didn’t list the cause of the crash and stated that he was not wearing a helmet. Ohio law does not require adult motorcyclists to wear helmets.

Donohue’s driving record includes convictions for drunken driving, speeding, failure to control and driving an unsafe vehicle.


  • CM

    The reporting of this accident has unfortunately been very one-sided. The news reports fail to mention that the Kia Sportage blew through a stop sign, causing the accident. The victim here is Scot Donohue, who remains in critical condition. It seems unusual that the other driver’s identity, past driving record, and her actions that unfortunate day have not been reported. I encourage the Chronicle to obtain more facts and to write their stories in a more balanced manner, or refrain from writing stories until all of the facts are available.

    • B4CE

      One wonders if Mr Donohue had been safely seat buckled in a car if this would have been any more than a minor fender bender?

      • Steven

        she was critically injured “safety seat buckled’ (what the hello is that??) in a vehicle. Guess math is not your forte, as you didn’t do it. Had he been in a bigger vehicle odds are she’d be worse off.

        • Bob

          B4CE must have been told he or she wasn’t allowed in a biker club or something. he or she is completely against motorcycles

          • B4CE

            I was in ski club once. I grew up and the club stuff to the kids

        • B4CE

          Math? Not sure how that figures in, but as long as we are on the subject, 80% of motorcycle accidents result in death.
          However, I think you meant either physics or logic, not math. Physics and logic tell us that the small dent in the door did not result in the woman being in critical condition. A 500lb motorcycle does not have the mass or generate the force to result in a critical injury of an occupant in a 2 ton car.
          Perhaps a medical emergency caused both the accident and the resulting condition of the car driver.
          Maybe you could use your math skills to determine how fast the vehicles were traveling at the time of impact?

          • EdwardsJ33

            A nearly 1000 pound motorcycle driven by a 300 pound man certainly can generate enough force to cause a critical injury to a 2 ton SUV! The police used their math skills to determine how fast the motorcycle was traveling, and it was traveling under the speed limit.

      • jeff81

        What does that have to do with anything? Maybe if a 72 year old woman wasn’t driving in the first place, this wouldn’t have happened! There really needs to be driving tests for the elderly!!!!

        • Joe Smith

          Young people cause more accidents than older people, maybe nobody should drive until they are 25 by your logic.
          And 72 is far from elderly these days.

          • Otter

            In a few years, it won’t matter, cars will be able to drive themselves….Heck you can already get “parking assist” (and anyone who can’t park a Focus, really shouldn’t be driving!)

          • luvmytoaster

            ….and you probably posted the same thing 5 years ago on another post regarding “cars (that) will be able to drive themselves”….in a few years.

          • Otter

            No sorry you are mistaken. But nice try.

          • Joe Smith

            I have that parking assist and have not used it once as I think things like that make you lazy and you lose your skill.
            Just like back in the day I could remember dozens of phone numbers and now that I use a cellphone that stores them and I don’t have to remember, I can’t tell you more than 2-3 numbers out of a hundred I have on my phone now.
            If we Americans had some sort of EMP that knocked out our electronics, we would not be able to do much without our smartphones, GPS’s etc.

          • Phil Blank

            Thats why you print thrm out or hand write them.
            If an EMP hit, phone numbers, not even land lines woukd work, no electricity to run all this junk.

          • Joe Smith

            I back mine up on a non volatile memory so I don’t have to worry about it, I am just saying todays America would be lost for the most part without their gadgets

          • guest

            Are you able to turn parking assist off if you want?

          • Joe Smith

            You don’t have to, you have to activate it when you want to use it, it is not on all the time.

          • jeff81

            You must have missed the first article that stated “The Kia continued south of the intersection on Kansas Avenue before leaving the road, driving into a front yard and veering across the street, where it crashed into a fence of another residence, police said.”

          • Joe Smith

            I didn’t miss it, what does that have to do with my post?

          • Scout

            AGREED!

        • Otter

          Based on what I see while driving, Rolling through stop signs, running red lights, passing on the right, texting, driving, in lanes clearly marked that they end, total lack of turn signals, cutting people off, by all age groups…maybe every one should be tested.

          • Phil Blank

            There was a woman a few weeks ago, just kept blowing her horn and went right through the light.
            The one time you wish a cop was around, they weren’t.

        • whobeboo

          Jeff, if this were Fox News, it would be Obama’s fault.

          • Joe Smith

            If it was any other news that was in Obama’s pocket, they would blame Bush so what’s your point?

        • Scout

          Oh excuse me….although I think driving tests should be done after a certain age I also believe that younger people have just as much culpability in their driving habits. Maybe everyone should be made to take a driving test every time they renew their licenses.

    • Bob

      Make you wonder who the old woman is related to. Seem they are trying to make it out to be Scot’s fault. She must be related to someone important, that’s why her name and the true cause is being left out.

      • stillsleepyeyes

        Probably one of the ole good boys network in lorain……………

        • WTF

          You got it…

    • Steven

      thank you for saving me typing what you wrote. I agree completely.

    • WTF

      I whole heartedly agree that the reporting of the accident has be one-sided against the motorcyclist involved. Maybe the 72 yr old lady is the police chiefs mother? or some politicians wife? Seems like something isn’t right with the reporting of this accident…seems like the papers and authorities have already made up their mind on who is to blame. Why hasn’t her name been released? No matter what his driving history, the only incident that counts is this one! Does she have a history of blowing threw stop signs?

  • Spec440

    Well, apparently the motorcyclist is guilty of something. He wasn’t wearing a helmet (which he wasn’t required to do) and has a history of tickets (which probably directly contributed to this crash.

    • Colombo

      Hey IDIOT! Before you jump to conclusions, take a look at the FACTS. Prior tickets mean nothing. According to what has appeared in the papers, the morocyclist was travelling south on Kansas Ave. If you’re southbound on Kansas, there are NO stop signs. However, again according to printed reports, the woman was eastbound on a side street, which has a stop sign at that intersection. Just the facts!

      • Spec440

        Wow…..rage much? Grab a dictionary and look up sarcasm.

      • jeff81

        Exactly!
        Plus, I just don’t get how the liberal media thinks that they have to report that a person was not wearing a helmet. That is inconsequential to what happened.

        • Joe Smith

          Nor is their age, what they were driving, if they are male or female but you would not have much of an article if you didn’t add those things.

        • 2111

          Liberal media? This might be something that actually exists but it usually shows itself in matters of opinion, for that matter opinion shows itself both ways as there is just as much conservative opinion written as there is liberal.
          There have been three articles about this accident all written as information was released. All of the information appears to be factual so far and without opinions or conclusions,
          The fact that there wasn’t a helmet worn by the motorcyclist is not opinion it is fact. Crying that this is a liberal fact is ignorant and showing your bias. Had you applied any logic correctly you might have some credibility but your inability to understand simple facts for what they are makes you look childish and without merit in an adult conversation.

      • Joe Smith

        Before you call him an idiot it was obvious sarcasm on his part.

    • Steven

      And?? So now past mistakes mean your guilty? Not saying he is completely innocent, but notice there was nothing said about her?

    • WTF

      Must be a cop…

    • Phil Blank

      Exactly. He already payed the price for past crimes, why bring them up agsin? They have no baring on this accident and itd like tryimg to punish him again publicly and serves no purpose other than to make him look bad in the eyes of the public.
      I know judges do it all the time and I don’t feel its right, you payed that debt once.

    • EdwardsJ33

      His driving record had nothing to do with the crash. Jump to conclusions much?

  • Joe Smith

    Good luck Scot

  • Otter

    I guess if there is a lesson to be learned here, it would be that if you have a stop sign or not, you can’t assume someone who does is going to stop. I have seen too many times when people roll through stop signs, red lights, you name it. Too many self important people, on their phones, or in a hurry.
    I send my best wishes for a full recovery for everyone involved.

  • grannyof6

    So many dumb comments on this ACCIDENT! No matter who’s fault is was or wasn’t it was still an ACCIDENT! I’m sure they’ll figure it out and someone will be charged accordingly. Oh, why does this elderly lady have to be related to anyone in the city government? What does that have to do with the price of tea in china? We just hope and pray both parties make a full recovery from their injuries.

  • B4CE

    That’s what you are going with? An extra 400 lbs? – the physics of it still don’t add up. Mass x acceleration = force .

  • EdwardsJ33

    It was a Honda but resembles a Harley at first glance.