Biker seriously injured in Wednesday crash

Motorcycle veers off Ohio 101, slams into garbage bin outside tavern
Sandusky Register Staff
Jun 5, 2013

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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Sal Dali

I did not personally say he was drunk. Try reading again. I've lost more than a few friends to bike accidents, including my fiance. I understand your grief and anger. Was all that extra "running your mouth" stuff necessary? Whatever caused the accident, I am glad he survived it period. Only those close to him would have the BAC results, do you want to share those? Maybe the Register will since their article is what started this in the first place. I'm not going to exchange cheap shots with anyone, it's inappropriate and rude. I wish him a quick recovery.