Milan man killed when car, cycle collide

MILAN TWP. Bob Still Jr.'s family described him as a lifelong,avid outdoorsman.
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010



Bob Still Jr.’s family described him as a lifelong,avid outdoorsman.

The Milan resident died shortly after 7 p.m. Wednesday in a motorcycle crash on Wikel Road just south of Huff Road, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Troopers said Still, 49, was driving a 2003 Honda motorcycle north on Wikel Road when a Dodge Neon turned into a driveway. The motorcycle hit the car, and Still was thrown off the bike.

Still, who wore a helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene.

“He rode his bike for pleasure once in a while in the evening,” said Still’s older sister, Linda Gott of Oberlin.

His ride Wednesday was one of those. Gott, along with other family, gathered at Still’s home on Creekside Circle Thursday afternoon.

Besides riding his motorcycle, Gott said her brother enjoyed all types of outdoor activities, from bow hunting to fishing to trapping.

“He was just outgoing — a lot of fun,” she said. “He just always liked the outdoors from when he was very young.”

Still, a lifelong Milan area resident, was born in Norwalk and graduated in 1977 from Edison High School, his family said. After graduation Still served two years in the U.S. Army, based in Texas.

For the past 12 years Still was employed as a machinist at Accu-Feed Engineering in Norwalk, said Jim Tracht, owner.

“I’m sorry to lose him,” he said. “He was a great all-around employee.”

Tracht described Still as dependable and a “fun-loving” person.

No citations have been issued yet in the crash, said Trooper Brian Mamere. Alcohol and drugs are not considered factors, he added.

The driver of the Dodge, Joshua A. Albom, 19, Vermilion, had minor injuries and was taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk. He was no longer listed as a patient there Thursday afternoon.

“A reconstruction unit is going to come up and do some investigation on the crash,” Mamere said.

He said it hasn’t been determined yet how fast Still was driving.

“We had no outside witnesses to say anything,” he said.

Visitation for Still is 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Morman-Hinman-Tanner Funeral Home, 38 South St., Berlin Heights. A memorial service will follow at 4 p.m. He is survived by his parents, Robert and Mary Still, of Milan.

He never married and had no children, Gott said.

“We loved him,” said his mother through tears.

Other recent area motorcycle fatalities

• May 14: Alex Leimbach, 21, Norwalk. Leimbach died after his 2006 Honda motorcycle crashed on Milliman Road in Milan Township.

• June 10: Timothy Schumacher, 55, Shelby, Ohio. Schumacher died after he lost control of his 2000 Harley-Davidson Sportster on the Ohio 2 on-ramp from Ohio 163 in Portage Township.

• June 10: Thomas Shaffoe, 62, Milan. Shaffoe died after his 2007 Harley-Davidson motorcycle crashed near a curve on Ohio 13 near Alpine Trail.

• June 14: Paul “Chris” Smith, 34, Sandusky. Smith died after he was involved in a three-vehicle crash at the intersection of Ohio 4 and Bogart Road.

• June 15: Cheryl Weiker, 52, Green Springs. Weiker died after a car ran a stop sign on County Road 201, striking her 2005 Honda 600 motorcycle.