June 27, 2016

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Montville man killed in Memorial Day motorcycle crash

MONTVILLE TWP. — A township man was killed on Memorial Day when his motorcycle went off East Smith Road at 12:08 p.m.

Montville Police Chief Terry Grice said a 50-year-old resident was killed, but the chief declined to release the man’s name because his family had not yet been notified.

Grice said the man was riding east on East Smith when his motorcycle went off the right side of the road near the S-curves just west of Champion Creek Boulevard. The motorcycle slid into a ditch and the man struck a road sign.

Grice said the motorcyclist suffered head trauma and internal injuries.

Grice said the man was not wearing a helmet and he was transported to Medina Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash, he said. Speed was also not a likely factor, Grice said, but noted that while the speed limit on East Smith is 40 mph, the curve where the crash happened has a suggested speed of 25 mph.

“It’s recommended you drive a lot slower through those curves,” he said.

The road was closed for about four hours while police completed their investigation, Grice said.

The accident is the fourth fatal crash and fifth fatality in Medina County this year.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com. Follow her on Twitter @lorengenson.

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Loren Genson was The Gazette's senior reporter. From August 2012 through September 2015, she covered Brunswick city and state and national government. To contact The Gazette, call the managing editor at (330) 721-4065.