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.



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.


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.


Did you see his comment?


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.




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 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


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.


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 .



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.


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


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..


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


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.


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!


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


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


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.


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


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!


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


Hope the person that killed him is reading this thread.


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.