Charles Reed Jr., 62, was cruising his 2005 Harley Davidson Electroglide motorcycle at about 8 p.m. Friday on his way home from a friend’s house. About a half mile south of Mason Road on Kelley Road the motorcycle smashed into a deer that sprang from a ditch. The force of impact then ejected Reed, who wasn’t wearing a helmet, a Ohio State Highway Patrol report said.
When Ohio State Highway Patrol Troopers arrived on scene paramedics were already working on him.
“All indications were that his injuries were not life-threatening,” Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Anthony DeChoudens said.
Reed was flown from the scene to Mercy St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Toledo where he was listed in critical condition.
Hospital staff called troopers Tuesday morning after Reed died.
“That doesn’t really sound like Charlie,” New Departure co-worker Thomas Reed said. “He was a pretty cautious guy but I guess if it was a deer there’s really not much you can do.”
Thomas said he worked alongside Charles for 15 to 20 years at New Departure, now known as KBI, — ever since Charles moved to Sandusky from Connecticut in the mid 1990s.
“He was a real nice guy,” Thomas said. “I had a lot of fun with him.”
Thomas, Charles and a man named Mike White were three of 160 New Departure coworkers who got together for weekly golf outings and ate lunch together on
Wednesdays. Most had stayed loyal to the group even after retirement.
“It’s just a big group of guys and he was one of us,” White said.
Neither Thomas or Mike claimed to be best friends with Charles but both agreed he was a good guy and solid worker.
Charles was on his way back from visiting a friend who’d been injured in a motorcycle wreck when his motorcycle smashed into the deer, White said.
“He was probably about ready to head down south for the winter,” White said.
White said most of Charles’ family members still live in Connecticut.