Cycle crash kills Norwalk man

MILAN TWP. Alex Leimbach died doing what he loved most -- riding his motorcycle. The
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010



Alex Leimbach died doing what he loved most -- riding his motorcycle.

The 21-year-old BGSU Firelands student was on his way home from work early Wednesday morning when he failed to negotiate a curve on Milliman Road and crashed into a tree.

He was thrown from his 2006 Honda motorcycle at about 4 a.m. and probably died upon impact, said Erie County coroner Brian Baxter.

"He had a helmet on and the helmet was knocked off," he said. "He didn't have too much injury to his head. I think it most likely he broke his neck."

Two hours later a passerby spotted the crashed motorcycle and called for help.

Leimbach's family said they're trying to make sense of the senseless. While his parents, Donald and Connie, were left to the emotional task of making funeral arrangements Wednesday afternoon, relatives gathered in the family's Norwalk home.

"It kind of gets you in the gut," said his aunt, Deborah Bickley, who will most miss Leimbach's smile.

"It's just hard to understand because he's so young," said his cousin, Jane Hahn.

A 2005 graduate of Edison High School, Leimbach worked second shift at R & L Trucking in Norwalk and attended BGSU Firelands where he studied engineering.

He was also working on rebuilding his 1970 Mustang, enjoyed the outdoors and was described as an outgoing person who could befriend anybody.

"He would do it all," said his older brother, Christopher Leimbach.

Troopers with the Sandusky post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said the crash remains under investigation.

Test results from blood samples will determine if drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash. Road conditions are also being considered, according to the post.

"It was just an ordinary night," his brother said. "It's kind of all still a mystery to everybody."