Man killed in Davis Road motorcycle wreck

By Clinton Dick
Ottawa Herald – April 8, 2014

A man was killed Tuesday afternoon in a motorcycle wreck after being thrown from his vehicle near Ottawa’s Industrial Park, just south of the Davis Road and Industrial Avenue junction, Capt. Adam Weingartner, with the Ottawa Police Department, said. Law enforcement officials had not released the man’s identity Tuesday evening.
The man was traveling south on Davis Road on his red motorcycle at about 4:06 p.m. and attempted to pass a red Ford pickup truck, also traveling south on Davis, when the driver of the motorcycle lost control and went into the west ditch off Davis Road, Dennis Butler, Ottawa police chief, said. The motorcycle crossed North Industrial Avenue and went into the ditch before crashing in a grassy area just south of 1612 N. Davis Road, Butler said.
The rider was ejected 30 to 40 feet from the motorcycle, Butler said. The motorcycle rider was wearing a helmet and “seemed to be traveling at a pretty high speed,” he said.
The rider was unable to communicate with first responders, and his helmet had to be cut away at the scene, Butler said.
The wreck reconstruction team was on scene Tuesday afternoon, Butler said, along with Franklin County Emergency Medical Services, the Ottawa Police Department, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and Ottawa Fire Department.
No damage estimate was available Tuesday afternoon.
“[The motorcycle] was pretty messed up,” Butler said. “You couldn’t pick it up and ride it.”
The driver of the red Ford pickup truck was uninjured and there was no damage to the vehicle, Weingartner said.

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