Green Springs woman dies in motorcycle crash

FREMONT Cheryl Weiker had a passion for motorcycles and caring for her patients. The
JACOB LAMMERS
May 24, 2010

FREMONT

Cheryl Weiker had a passion for motorcycles and caring for her patients.

The 52-year-old nurse was killed Sunday afternoon after a car ran a stop sign, striking her motorcycle, troopers said.

"I think everybody who knows her would remember her smile," her daughter Whitney Collins said. "It was just contagious. Everyone could just feel her happiness and smile.

"She never had a bad day in her life," Collins said.

Weiker, of Green Springs, was riding her 2005 Honda 600 motorcycle south on County Road 178 at 3:23 p.m. when Felix Guerra, 78, of Fostoria ran a stop sign on County Road 201 and pulled into the path of her motorcycle, according to the Fremont post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Weiker tried to lay her motorcycle down to avoid a crash, but slid into the side of Guerra's 2004 PT Cruiser, a report shows. Weiker was thrown from the motorcycle, and the PT cruiser ran over her abdomen.

Weiker was flown by medical helicopter to the University of Toledo Medical Center, where she died at 11:09 p.m. She was not wearing a helmet, troopers said.

Guerra and his passenger Caroline Guerra, 86, also of Fostoria, were wearing their seat belts and were not injured, troopers said.

Weiker, assistant director of nursing at St. Francis Rehabilitation Center in Green Springs, enjoyed working with her patients.

"She was really an advocate for all her patients," Collins said. "She really cared about them."

Weiker began riding motorcycles at a young age, but took a break to raise her two daughters. She restarted her motorcycle hobby about 10 years ago.

"I think she's a free spirit. Anything you can have fun on, she'll go on and do it," Collins said. "She died doing something she was really passionate about."

Alcohol is not considered a factor in the crash, and no charges have been filed. After the investigation is completed, the county prosecutor will decide if any charges are forthcoming, Lt. Brent Meredith said.