AFTER A DEER TRIES TO CROSS ROAD
Carlisle Township – A biker who, according to friends, had just left a group of friends to go get a camera ended up in a strange crash that took his life on LaGrange Road in Carlisle Township Saturday afternoon.
Trooper Crystal Evans of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said the crash occurred just after 2 p.m. Saturday after a deer attempted to cross LaGrange Road. “The deer was crossing west to east and was struck by a red Toyota Prius that was northbound on LaGrange Road. The deer then flew into air and struck the motorcyclist that was southbound on LaGrange – the motorcyclist was ejected from the bike and landed in the northbound lane and was immediately hit by a Ford Explorer driven by 57 year old Tim Kader of LaGrange.”
Evans said that when the motorcyclist was struck the bike continue to slide south into the northbound lane and struck a Dodge Stratus driven by 41 year old Michelle Diaz of Lorain. Diaz, who swerved in an attempt to avoid hitting the motorcycle, was not injured in the crash.
The driver of the Toyota Prius was treated on scene for cuts he received to his arm and was transported by Paramedics to Elyria Memorial Hospital for further treatment and evaluation.
Kader, although visibly shaken, was not injured in the crash. Kader kept repeating; “Just two more minutes and I could have avoided this.”
Kader said he was on his way to Home Depot to pick up peg-board for work he is doing at his home when the crash occurred. “The first I knew anything was wrong is when I saw the deer doing a cartwheel over the car ahead of me. Then when the bike went down he was right there in front of my truck and I just didn’t have time to react – if I had a couple seconds maybe I could have gone into the ditch but I just didn’t – I really wish I did, but I just didn’t.”
The name of the motorcyclist will not be released until the State Patrol officially notifies the next of kin.
UPDATE: After notifying the family, The State Patrol has released the name of the victim as 52 year old Brian G. Rogers of Elyria. Rogers was riding his 2001 Harley Davidson at the time of the crash.
The driver of the 2007 Toyota Prius was identified as James Cox Jr.
The investigation is ongoing according to the State Patrol.