April 19, 2014

Medina
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Motorcyclist hurt at intersection officials say is dangerous

LAFAYETTE TWP. — The Ohio Highway Patrol is investigating a crash that injured a motorcyclist Monday morning.

The crash happened about 10:15 a.m. at Ryan Road and state Route 162 — an intersection township officials say is dangerous and needs additional traffic control devices.

Lynda Bowers

Trooper Jeff Carpenter of the patrol’s Medina post said Andrew P. Gerspacher, 31, Wadsworth, was injured when his motorcycle, a 1982 Suzuki GS 750, struck a car that pulled out in front of him.

The driver of the car, a 2009 Cadillac CTS, was Stefan Hornung, 66, Medina. Hornung was driving south on Ryan Road and Gerspacher was traveling west on Route 162.

Carpenter said Hornung pulled into the intersection after stopping, and into Gerspacher’s lane and Gerspacher crashed into the Cadillac on the driver’s side.

Hornung was treated and released at the scene by Lafayette Fire and Rescue. Gerspacher was sent to Medina Hospital. From there, he was transferred to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, where he was listed in stable condition Monday afternoon.

Carpenter said both vehicles were severely damaged.

He said charges are pending.

Lafayette Township Trustee Lynda Bowers lives near the intersection and said the problem is all too common.

She was at the scene Monday and said she heard Hornung say he looked both ways. But Bowers said drivers on Ryan Road don’t have the best view of what is coming over the hill on Route 162.

“If you’re sitting there and you look left and right, in the time it takes you to look to the right, a car can come up over that hill,” she said.

She said the township has asked the Ohio Department of Transportation to consider improving the traffic control devices at the intersection.

ODOT said there haven’t been enough crashes at the intersection to justify additional devices.

But Bowers questioned whether ODOT is being notified about all the crashes because it only relies on accident data provided by the patrol. Bowers said some of the crashes were handled by the Medina County Sheriff’s Office, which is not responsible for providing crash data to the state.

She said there were at least six accidents there during the winter and that number is more than what ODOT has recorded.

Bowers said she intends to look through Sheriff’s Office dispatch records to provide ODOT with the additional information.

“ODOT’s been very cooperative,” Bowers said.
Bowers said she has worked successfully with ODOT in the past to bring a traffic light to Route 162 at Lake Road after too many crashes occurred there
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“They don’t always have what they need and so we work with them to help, and we’ll stay on this one until we do that,” she said. “We’re going to look into it further and we’re not just going to let it go,” she said.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.

  • Sheryl Henry Homonai

    So glad the motorcyclist will be okay. A friend saw the aftermath of this accident and thought the worst had happened. As far as traffic control devices being needed at the intersection, the first step is to get people off their cell phones(not saying the car driver was on his at the time). Slow down. Look twice. Or three times if necessary. People blow the stop sign at our intersection every single day, I watched a car do it just this morning.

  • Robin Brine

    I too, am happy to hear the motorcyclist will be okay. I drove through the intersection while the bike was still laying there. It appears the rider was wearing a helmet, it was laying in the road not too far from the bike. We and many family members ride motorcycles and it does get scary sometimes with drivers not paying attention. Motorcycles and scooters are becoming more popular, PLEASE look twice and save a life!

  • Rick Dudas

    People have to be aware that motorcycles and scooters have the right to be on the roadways, just as much as cars, SUVs, and trucks. Before the River Styx bridge construction, I used to follow Ohio 162 on my way to work. Too many people tend to blow through the Ryan Road stop sign and it doesn’t matter whether they are heading north or south.nTake your time. Remember, motorcycles and scooters are on two wheels, need more room to stop, and do not have the protection of “cages”.nIf you can’t concentrate on two things at once, stay off the cell phone – AND PLEASE DON’T TEXT!