Motorcyclist killed, six others injured in crash

HURON TWP. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a collision in Huron Township that killed
Cory Frolik
May 24, 2010



The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a collision in Huron Township that killed a motorcyclist and sent six other people to the hospital Sunday.

Charles Downing, 58, of Milan was killed early Sunday morning after he was thrown from his bike after striking a car on Ohio 2, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. His passenger, Ann Downing, 41, also was thrown from the motorcycle.

Ann Downing was taken first to Firelands Regional Medical Center, and then was transported by helicopter to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center.

A nurse at St. Vincent confirmed the woman remains in serious condition.

The motorcycle struck a 1986 Lincoln sedan carrying a family of five from New Brighton, Pa. All five family members sustained injuries in the crash, authorities said.

In the sedan were the driver, Aimee Hovanec, 34, her husband, Martin Hovanec, 30, and their three children, Natalie Hovanec, 5, Andrew Hovanec, 3, and Tamara Wilson, 10.

The family members were taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center for treatment, but then Andrew was flown by helicopter to Metrohealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

His condition could not be confirmed Sunday night.

The collision occurred just after midnight Sunday when Downing and his rider were traveling southbound on Rye Beach Road. The Pennsylvania family was traveling northbound on the road and was nearing the Ohio 2 overpass.

The driver of the car, Aimee Hovanec, turned left to enter the westbound on-ramp of Ohio 2. But Downing drove straight through the right turn only lane and hit the right side of the sedan, authorities said.

The impact ejected Downing and his rider, both of whom ended up lying in the roadway. The motorcycle came to rest in the northbound lanes.

Downing was transported to Firelands, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said.

Both vehicles were heavily damaged and towed from the scene.

The Patrolman who investigated the crash was not available for comment Sunday.

The Huron emergency medical services and police and fire departments assisted in the response, as did Perkins firefighters and the Sandusky fire department and EMS.