Berlin Heights woman charged in fatal crash

Driver was allegedly texting before impact with motorcycle
Emil Whitis
Jan 27, 2013

 

Almost nine months after a fatal motorcycle wreck on Ohio 60, State Highway Patrol troopers arrested a Berlin Heights woman who was allegedly texting just before the collision. 
Rebecca Schroyer, 22, was charged with tampering with evidence and aggravated vehicular homicide — both felonies. 
Paul Hering, 61, was headed home on his 1987 Harley-Davidson after his morning cup of coffee at about 10:30 a.m. May 16. In the 3800 block of Ohio 60 he slowed to turn into his driveway. 
That’s when Schroyer’s PT Cruiser smashed into the back of the Harley. The force of impact catapulted Hering off his motorcycle. His body came to rest about 90 feet to the south of the wreck. 
When troopers showed up Hering was dead and the motorcycle was still standing upright — it’s rear-end embedded in the front of the PT Cruiser. 
Skid marks on the scene showed the Cruiser pushed the motorcycle about 90 feet after impact. 
When troopers talked to Schroyer she told them she’d been texting on her cellphone previous to the wreck, Patrol Sgt. Eric Short said. 
“In her statement she admitted to us that she deleted information from her phone,” Short said. 
A phone company later confirmed text messages had been deleted. 
Troopers seized Schroyer’s phone and sent it to Ohio State Highway Patrol headquarters in Columbus for analysis. 
For months, Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Joe Wentworth went round and round with phone companies and forensic techs in an attempt to retrieve the messages but didn’t get far. 
“We’ve been in conversation with the victim’s family,” Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Eric Short said. “It got to the point that we had to get something going.”
Troopers discussed charges with Vermilion Municipal Court prosecutor Margaret O’Bryon. Both parties agreed between Schroyer’s statement and the deleted text messages they had enough for charges. 
Schroyer was booked into the Erie County jail Thursday but later posted $26,000 bond and was released. 
The investigation remains open and troopers still hope to recover text messages from the phone, which is still in an evidence bag somewhere in Columbus.
 

Comments

Pete

If only I could say what I want to. But she is not worth getting the ban hammer over.

WiredMamba666

The man would likely be alive if he had been driving a car. All the commentators below use cellphones. If the article is correct the young woman is guilty of something everyone does and had the misfotune to have a variety of circumstances misalign. Can't wait for Bike Week.

luvblues2

I turn my cell phone OFF while driving. Who are you to group all as one?

Pete

The man would for sure be alive if she hadn't slammed into him so hard she embedded an 800# motorcycle into the front end of her car, then shoved it 90 feet down the road. The "if he had been driving a car" argument is a joke!

Trying to defend her is a ridiculous.

I can't wait for Bike Week either. There will be about 15-20 of us in our little group. And we always have fun!

The Answer Person

So you're saying it OK that she killed the guy while texting because everyone does it...right?
Just wanted to make sure I had it right.

arnmcrmn

@wired. You are one sick individual. Yeah lets blame the innocent guy and his motorcycle.

WiredMamba666

All of us who live under the Bike Week mentality could wind up in her shoes. If not texting then adjusting the radio, tending to your child, eating a burger... But I assume all of you don't listen to the radio or have passenger while staring straight ahead, hands at 10 and 2, pulling over at the slightest hint of inclement weather.

If he had been in a car he'd be alive and she'd be charged with a fender bender. Motorcyclists should assume the risks not ask for protected status. So yes the dead man bears the responsibility for his death, sorry but he chose to engage in an inherently risky activity.

Would these comments be so vehement if she had killed a bicyclist? No you'd be howling about how bicyclists should not be on the road.

Riding a motorcycle is just sad. Yeah, you are so young, tough, and cool, that you need society to provide you special protection like we do the disabled.

Hopefully the waste of taxpayer dollars known as Bike Week goes out of business soon, or moves to PC or Huron.

Any typos?

arnmcrmn

You are simply an idiot. Nothing more and a whole lot less.

ladydye_5

What if HE was walking and crossing the street? Or a teenager on a bike? How about a mother pushing a stroller across the road? Would they be at fault and assuming all risk?

nosey rosey

Sorry, I do not talk on my phone nor text when I drive. Nothing is so important that it can't wait until I reach my destination.

thinkagain

Ten years hard labor. No mercy for idiots who text while driving.

Pete

My thoughts are a tad harsher than that.

reporter54

Hope those texts were worth it.

donutshopguy

She needs to go to prison a long time. Not 2-3 years or 5-8 years. Life for a life. She come out in a pine box at the end of her life.

Shrekone

I will second donutshopguys remarks!!!!

Cowboy

Third that!

Good 2 B Me

Me too!

wiredmama222

Is there a fourth available?

chasf

i will forth that

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2cents

Just use common sense!
I had a TX come in last night ater midnight while driving on the Turnpike about ten min before my exit. They just wanted to know if I was back safe, it took less than a minute to pull over after the toll booth and respond.

Now what about the person on the other end of that TX? Are they a little responsible for distracting the driver? I see another law coming or some sort of interlock. The problem is people not the technology!

liveurlife

That is stupid.. That is like saying if someone was drinking and driving and got into an accident the bar should be a little responsible.. Get real..

LANDLORD

What's a matter with this system we have in this country??? She was texting while driving, not paying attention and killed someone. And she walks away for 26k? She needs life in prison.

ladydye_5

Isnt it called vehicular manslaughter?

Swamp Fox

A person is charged with involuntary manslaughter when they have inflicted injury upon the victim, which causes the victim's death, but it can be established that the perpetrator did not intend to cause the death of the victim. Negligent homicide, however, is a homicide that occurs as the result of negligent act committed by the perpetrator, resulting in the victim's death. In this case its aggravated due to the texting.

LANDLORD the $26k is just her apperence bond, not the final penalty.

Pete

The smug look on her face is too much. Like she didn't do anything wrong.

wiredmama222

She's mad cause she got caught texting, that's why she looks like that!

SamAdams

If you kill someone without meaning to, that's an accident. If you intend to kill somebody, that's murder. But if you kill somebody without the intent to kill them, but WHILE DOING SOMETHING YOU KNOW PERFECTLY WELL COULD KILL SOMEBODY, it seems to me that that, too, is as serious as murder. While stupid isn't always a crime, it needs to be when the results are this tragic and irreversible!

The real kicker here is that she knew immediately she was in the wrong. Else why did she delete the messages, eh? Tack on a few extra for that, please, and keep the woman off the roads for a good long time so her stupidity doesn't hurt anybody else!

Pete

If she had discharged a firearm and killed someone, without intent, what would be the charge?

SamAdams

Same thing. Gun safety 101: Never point a loaded gun at anything you don't intend to kill. Corollary: Every gun is ALWAYS loaded.

Granted, stupid accidents happen. But they wouldn't happen if the gun wasn't pointed where it ought not to have been! Just as ignorance is no excuse, neither is stupidity.

Remember some years ago the moron in Vermilion (I think) who blew his own head off? Put a gun he THOUGHT wasn't loaded into his mouth and pulled the trigger with his toe? Just like the bumper sticker says, "What are the last words of an idiot? Yo, look what I can do!" At least he didn't kill anybody else...

The only accidental shootings I can think of are dropping a gun which then discharges (very, VERY rare despite what the hoplophobes would have you think), and a shooting by a young child who has no clue what he's doing (and in those cases, it's the adult who should have prevented the kid from getting the gun who should be charged). I know there are a few other examples of true accidents, but you get the idea...

donutshopguy

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Remarks advocating illegal or violent actions.

Pete

I dispute the reasons for removal. It would not be illegal if imposed by a court, nor would it be violent if done by the State. Surgical procedures are not violent.

Centauri

Why? The powers that be in Ohio often use illegal and violent actions against the political activists of Ohio and then cover it up as a suicide or a decision by corrupt and often drunk judges. Some judges in Ohio have dementia. Don't forget about the corrupt prosecutors also.

Pete

Did you see his comment?

wiredmama222

I don't know why this is so hard to understand....the cellphone is the worst invention EVER. Think back to not LONG ago when they were not in existence. You didn't have that little trouble maker in the car with you. You actually had to concentrate on your driving, do what was expected of you and watch the road. Now people pay more attention to that darn phone than they do their driving...for some they cannot do both.

In this case, it cost someone their life! Prison just doesn't seem enough but its all we have right now. What a shame that a life was wasted because another person just could not tear themselves away from that darn phone long enough to pay attention to the road long enough to drive the garsh darn car. May the man would be alive had she done so.

WiredMamba666

CELLPHONE BAD!! NO ONE DIED IN A CAR BEFORE!! OLD PEPOLE WISE!! YOUNGS ARE BAD!! I TEACH LESSON !!

wiredmama222

Ha, ha. No, plenty die in car crash before...but none die from stupid driver watch cell phone. Thing glue to ear so often become regular appendage from head.

Cannot tell you how offen me see this. Suspect young one know already how dumb this really is.

Plenty die because too dumb to drive right, cell phone make worse...you know that. So why try make it different than is? Cause you LOOOOVVVEEE you cell phone, even in car? You betcha! LOL

Me not teach lesson, me point out fact! LOL

donutshopguy

I believe the punishment for this young lady should be a means for the state to render her hands useless to use a cell phone. Then by court order, she should spend the rest of her life speaking to high school students about the consequences of using a of cell phone while driving and showing her useless hands as examples.

Thanks Pete for the assistance.

Bluto

What she did was definitely wrong , but your idea of punishment leaves her disabled and thus reliant on entitlements for the rest of her life ? A free ride for killing a person ? Doesn't make too much sense to me . A prison term and financial responsibility to his family are the best and most effective punishment .

donutshopguy

Bluto,

Nope, I'm giving her a permeant job. She get to travel around the country and speak to high school children about the effects of texting while driving.

richrs

DSG
I like that, and every night she has to turn herself into the nearest county jail to slepp, shower and eat.

BlueAngel

How many of you commenting on here has a cell phone? I bet at least 10 of you still talks while driving and even texts while driving... you condem her for doing something all of you probably do... I did try to text once while driving and that is the last time I did and ever will..and I will not talk on the phone while driving...things happen and your not paying attention and BAM~~ i ALMOST killed myself and my kids.. NEVER AGAIN..

luvblues2

It's simple. If you are driving, turn it off.

ladydye_5

I TALK on my phone yes...but no different than talking to the kids in the back seat...singing to the radio. I do NOT text and drive. I agree though that most that are the first to scream, "Off with her head" are probably guilty, even if just once. I see more adults, moms with mini vans full of kids, business men, etc texting. It is NOT only kids.

fenderstrat52

They should give her a cell phone back, permanently attached to her hands with the only thing on it is a picture of the person she killed so she has to look at it every minute the rest of her life!

luvblues2

All in all, I would guess she regrets her actions that day and will never forget it. Lynching her will solve nothing.

donutshopguy

The gentleman on the motorcycle will never forget he's dead.

Pete

Nor will these people forget he is dead at her hand:

He is survived by his sons, Brian Paul Hering of Lorain and Adam E. Hering of Vermilion; father, William Frederick Hering of Punta Gorda, FL; one granddaughter on the way, Bryce Hering; brother, Dennis Hering of Punta Gorda, FL; sisters: Jeanette Hering of San Jose, CA; Lynette Masony of Avon Lake, twin sister Pauline Babich of Lorain, Linda Kinder of Vermilion; and Kimberly Hering of Lorain.

luvblues2

Yeah, you guys are right.... Let's kill her. The sooner the better.

Mum-of-One

I just hope the jury knows what right and wrong is. If they think it's ok to text and drive then she may not be punished appropriately!

richrs

This will never make it to a jury. I see a plea deal coming.

looking around

Texting while driving is becoming a monumental problem IMHO worse than drinking and driving. I saw a young girl in the lane next to me texting, we were moving at about forty miles per hour when the traffic came to a halt unexpectedly, she slamed in to the car in front of her and deployed the airbag. I noticed as it deflated she still had the cell phone in her hand and believe it or not was still looking at it's screen!

Kottage Kat

Although I do not use it I can make calls and text by voice.

R U Kidding me

we need phone control. obama needs to react asap. we need phones that can't text more then 10 texts before you reload for more texts it was not her that did this it was the phone. the phones are responcible for all this

KURTje

Hope the person that killed him is reading this thread.

Starsinmybeard

This girl works at an establishment in my city and is one of the rudest people I have ever had to deal with as a customer. She belittles her co-workers for small mistakes right in front of their customers and is very sarcastic and just an all around unpleasant person to be around. So the smug "I didn't do s--- wrong/whatever" look on her face does not surprise me, only disgusts me. She made a terrible mistake, yes, but the lying and trying to cover it up is what makes this really awful. She ended a man's life, she needs to take responsibility for that and deal with the consequences. Time to grow up. I hope they don't go easy on this one.