September 22, 2014

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Motorcycle rider who died appeared to lose control

YORK TWP. — A Brunswick man was pronounced dead at the scene Wednesday night after a motorcycle accident involving three vehicles in the 6800 block of Norwalk Road.

Michael N. Barnum, 26, 1976 Hathaway Drive, was heading east on Norwalk Road when he apparently lost control of his 2008 Honda CBR600 and rolled off it and into the left lane, where he was struck by an oncoming car about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to an Ohio Highway Patrol accident report.

The patrol says Michael N. Barnum of Brunswick was riding this motorcycle Wednesday night. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JENNIFER PIGNOLET)

The patrol says Michael N. Barnum of Brunswick was riding this motorcycle Wednesday night. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JENNIFER PIGNOLET)

Barnum’s motorcycle continued along the highway and hit a 2007 Yamaha motorcycle driven by 29-year-old Nicholas Gray, of Columbia Station, and came to rest in a soybean field north of the road, according to the patrol’s report.

Gray was not injured in the accident, and his motorcycle was not significantly damaged.

The driver of the car, a 2010 Toyota Corolla, was taken to Medina Hospital after the accident. Rhonda Crooks, 39, of Litchfield Township, was treated and released at the hospital Wednesday night, the report said.

Sgt. Tina Jackson, of the patrol’s Medina post, said Barnum was not wearing a helmet. It is not known why he lost control of the bike.

The Ohio Highway Patrol was assisted at the accident scene by the Medina County Sheriff’s Office and the Erhart Fire & Rescue service.

Sgt. Jason Bittinger, also of the patrol, said Thursday no charges have been filed as a result of the crash, which remains under investigation

Jennifer Pignolet contributed to this report.

Steve Grazier can be reached at (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.