The two motorcyclists involved in an accident on U.S. Route 224 in Westfield Township on Sunday have been charged with operating a vehicle while impaired, the Ohio Highway Patrol reported.
Trooper Christopher Ausse said both Brian Lahr, 50, of Canal Fulton, and Thomas Gorog, 62, of Akron, declined blood alcohol content tests on Sunday. However, he said both showed signs of being impaired, such as the odor of alcohol, lethargy and red, glassy eyes.
He said troopers can cite suspects when “the totality of the circumstances” shows they have been consuming alcohol.
Ausse said Lahr thought at the time of the accident that he had been hit by a car. Instead, he apparently hit his friend with whom he was traveling.
Lahr was northbound on 224 around 7 p.m. Sunday when he rear-ended Gorog’s motorcycle at the intersection with Westfield Road. He traveled about 75 feet into the intersection on the bike before falling off of it. He was transported by emergency helicopter to Akron General Hospital. A spokeswoman at the hospital said he was in stable condition Monday night.
Gorog did not sustain major injuries and was not taken to the hospital.
Neither of the men was wearing a helmet. The accident held up traffic for about an hour.
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