UPDATED 11 p.m.: While the crash is still under investigation, troopers said alcohol and drugs appear to be a factor.
The crash victim is Daniel Gierlach, 55, of Avon, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. He was not wearing a helmet, and he was ejected off the bike, sliding along with it until he struck the garbage bin. Previous information indicated he was from a different city.
He has since been flown from Firelands hospital to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo.
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A biker was taken by ambulance to Firelands Regional Medical Center Wednesday evening when his motorcycle veered off Ohio 101 and slammed into a garbage bin outside a tavern.
The man's name was not immediately available. Margaretta Township firefighters and Erie County deputies were called to the scene at about 6:40 p.m.
Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers are handling the investigation.
It appears the motorcycle, a Honda Shadow 1100 drove off Ohio 101 and across a lawn and then a parking lot before slamming into the large garbage bin. The man was alive when paramedics loaded him into an ambulance.
The crash comes two days after a Sandusky woman died when her motorcycle struck a Jeep Cherokee that turned in front of her on Ohio 101.
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