Biker crashes on Milan Road overpass at Butler Street

Witnesses: Traffic pylons may have triggered wreck involving Youngstown-area woman
Sandusky Register Staff
Jun 7, 2013

 

A Youngstown-area woman suffered severe head injuries late Friday when her motorcycle crashed at the Butler Street overpass on Milan Road.

Heather DeMalio, 46, of Howland Corners, Ohio, was taken by ambulance to Firelands Regional Medical Center at about 10 p.m. Her condition wasn’t immediately available, but police and witnesses said her injuries were severe.

As of midnight, a hospital spokeswoman said DeMalio was still being evaluated in the emergency room.

She was in a group of about six bikers headed north over the bridge at Milan Road and Butler Street. Witnesses said they suspect a set of orange pylons on the overpass played a role in the crash. At least one other biker laid down his bike to keep from striking DeMalio, Sandusky police said.

Troopers from the Ohio State HIghway Patrol's Sandusky post are now handling the investigation. It was unclear if DeMalio was wearing a helmet.

EDIT NOTE: The bikers were headed north. A previous version of this story contained inaccurate information.

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VOTENO

Vroom Vroom.

helloitsme

Maybe these bikers should consider looking twice! Tonight 3 bikers at separate locations have pulled out in front of me. I understand we should watch for bikers but they should watch out for themselves as well.

Joker

She was in the northbound lane, so if she was heading south that may have been the problem. Also the first six street lights going up the overpass in the northbound lanes are non-functional.

lifetimeresident

Came out of McDonalds earlier tonight. What Moron designed that entrance and exit. Must be one of us locally. Anyway, 4 bikes just rode right on through the stop sign by Mall. Had to stop in middle of intersection. Bikers, have some common sense, cars do hurt. I was going slow and relized the situation. Drivers and Bikers need to be carefull.

TboneWalkerJr

Just mow them down. If you have legal right of way just pretend they aren't there and see what happens

Redblooded

Some self righteous folks post in here.

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2cents

In reality everyone needs to be careful out there on the roadways!
I began wearing a seatbelt before it was made a law after experiencing a few close calls with out of town tourists.
I am not blaming the tourists; we are all tourists at one time or another.
Tourists do not know the roadways like locals do, so I wear two driving hats, one winter one summer.
Like it or not this area is a tourist area so expect people to make mistakes driving around you.
Leave more space in front of you and be more observant of those around you.

RNR

I like this....yes, be careful and be responsible for everything around you. My father used to tell me... you may be right... but you'll be dead right.

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2cents

Exactly, I never take my right away especially on rural road stops. I could have been a statistic at least two times if I had. Never, never, never trust the other driver. They may be distracted, had a bad day, it is very easy to mess up unintentionally so watch out for them and all will live!!!!!!

Darkhorse

If it is not properly lit out-of-towners would not be familiar with the pylons being in the middle of the road at night and would not expect them to be there.

RNR

heck... I'm a local, and I've almost ran into them.... Didnt know they put them up and they come up fast when your driving.

XxAeroStarz69xx

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TboneWalkerJr

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sandfreak13

How cars gotta look twice, when bikers arent doing it themselves... how many have ya seen going through red lights ! wow but yet its people who drive cars faults! hmmm

Hoss McGee

After seeing some of the bikes going down 250 last night, they need to change it from Bike Week to Tool Week

chicken noodle

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msbrendabaum

Sounds like we have a HATER in the house!!!! That's just the most ridiculous thing I've read!!! I would love to see you walk up to ANY 1 OF THOSE BIKERS and have the nerve to let that garbage fall out of your mouth!!! You're so much cooler online.....

Free Man

tool weak hhaha agree ... and i do talk $ht to them their all fat old and fake..

YoMamma

My favorite are the jerks who rid ON the yellow line... really, your asking to get hit. Don't blame me when my mirror smacks you up side the head!

starryeyes83

Yep many do.

Common Sense

I agree with the comment about the lighting issue. However, there are signs that indicate that the right lane will be a right turn only on the bridge as well as an overhead sign (not far from the intersection of Milan and Perkins) that states the downtown traffic is to pursue the left lane of traffic. "look twice--save your own life". I don't think it's self-righteous to expect all mmotorists to follow the rules of the road, including stop signs, traffic lights, and crossing lanes when a solid line is present.

gene44870

I would like to ask Sandusky something . Is the little amount of money thats made off bike week really worth the lives that have been either damaged or cut short because of bike week?
seach your morals if you have any .
I myself dont think so . Heck you have even lost one of the people that helped in making this possiable

Swiftshot

If you ask. Bikers would want to come here any way. Even with the injuries and loss of life. Biking is in their blood. And knowing some bikers, if they die on their bike so be it. It's the general population that freaks out.

msbrendabaum

Bikers know the risk they take when they ride. They live for the ride, and they love the brotherhood that goes with being a Harley owner or in a motorcycle club. There is clearly a lot of money made by Sandusky for our town to work so hard to accommodate those bikers. Many Sanduskians gather downtown to watch, support, and enjoy the Bike Week festivities. I personally love that our streets are over-run with the rumble of Harleys!!! I pray for the people that have been injured or lost their lives for the ride, but they know that risk when they saddle up. God Bless Bikers!

phroggy

I'm all about the bike week stuff. It's great for the local economy. But is it just me or do bikers act like complete morons in groups?

Tsu Dho Nimh

It's like going to Put-in-Bay. When you have a big party atmosphere, people forget that they are in a real town with real rules. Just like people think it is okay to walk around with open containers on the island, the bikers seem to get lax with road rules.

msbrendabaum

no more then the ignorant, negative, hateful people on here do when it comes to posting mean things about the people who were clearly hurt.....
You guys are morons! Get off of the trip you're on, and pray for that woman's recovery!!!

Tsu Dho Nimh

I don't think phroggy was being hateful or not concerned about the injured woman. There has been a lot of poor driving from both bikers and cagers.

your master

Sometimes I look 78 times before I pull into intersection it is taking me well over 10 minutes just across Route 250 on Strub rd. Its like my great great great great great grandfather used to say look 78 times and save a life derp.

your master

oh Who Am I kidding sometimes I just close my eyes and slam on the gas .

YoMamma

Like!

VOTENO

Vroom vroom

tk

Whether it is bikes or other vehicles, you cannot leave space between you and the vehicle in front of you. Guarantee someone will cut in.

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2cents

Well don't let that get to you! It happens and if that triggers you then you may be taking driving a little too aggressive. I had the pleasure of watching some young hot shot kid do just that coming out of Detroit on day. His luck stopped when he tried to cut in front of a delivery truck in traffic. The truck readjusted his drivers door, shoving him off to the side and everyone just kept creeping along in traffic. I saw nothing! LOL

Erie Countian

From looking at the photos, it looks like that part of the overpass at Butler St. is well lit. I'm sorry the biker got hurt, but I don't recall any other accidents involving anyone hitting the orange lane divider before. This accident was probably a combination of not being familiar with the area and speeding. And, from what I have observed with all the large groups of bikers I've been seeing this week, I'm almost willing to bet that no helmet was being worn! Hope the biker has a healthy recovery.

Grandpa04

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my oh my

She would later be transferred by ground ambo to a hospital in Youngstown...

Dont Worry Be Happy

I own a bike, I live here in Sandusky, I like having bike week here...but I do hate how some bikers ride in groups. But I just am extra careful when they are around me, it is what it is.

I choose not to wear a helmet when I ride and don't think it should be anyone's concern. It states this lady was wearing her helmet good for her but I hate wearing them again that's my choice . It drives me nuts when people always feel the need to down a biker because they choose not to wear one. Let it be I thought America was the home of the free!!!

There are alot of bikes out on the roads, there are alot of cars on the roads, there are amish buggys, there are cyclists on the roads, walkers, runners...accidents happen all the time, health failure happens all the time, nonone is ever promised another second, minute, day etc so live life and enjoy it. Some of you really need to get out and enjoy and stop being so grumpy and negative.

msbrendabaum

Right on! I think that the group rides are awesome, and love to see bikers gathered like that going down the road. You do have the choice to ride without your helmet, but you also know the risk you take when riding without it. Regardless of what happened or why, that woman needs prayers. Lots of them!

Nor'easter

Almost 100% of ICU head trauma admissions are not wearing helmets. Food for thought, if your brain still is in tact.

msbrendabaum

To all of the ignorant, cold-hearted people that posted the stupid, repulsive comments on this article - REGARDLESS OF THE REASON WHY THIS WOMAN WRECKED, OR HOW "STUPID" PEOPLE ARE, SHE WAS SEVERELY INJURED!!!! IMAGINE THAT BEING YOUR SISTER, DAUGHTER, MOTHER, OR WIFE!!!! GET A LIFE AND FIND A HEART!!!! Those bikers bring excitement, brotherhood, and economy to Sandusky. Their presence in our town makes us a better community! You clearly don't have any respect for other human beings, and I pray KARMA doesn't teach you the valuable lesson of empathy for the negative things you've said in regard to that poor woman. Gods Speed Heather!

your master

That's what she said.

BEHAPPY

I was in that area last night. Looked very scarey~flashing lights everywhere (from ramp all the way to Perkins)and bikes just sitting in the on top of the ramp as ambulance left. I have ALWAYS thought those pylons are dangerous/rediculous! Accident waiting to happen. Once you get to them the road becomes too narrow. I could see why they would cause a problem with someone who is not familiar with the area~ all at once.....they are just there~in the way. I'm always worried about hitting one with my car~can't imagine coming up to them on a motorcycle and maybe having no where to go but hit one. 250 is a mess all the way from the ramp to Bogart Road~not very well thought out in my opinion. GOD speed to this woman and prayers she will be alright.

your master

That is it now I am convinced I will look a minimum of 83 times before I even move one inch into an intersection

sandtown born a...

donorcycle weekend in Sandusky the hospitals should put xtra staff on duty they will need it

he said she said

I was always told 'be on the look out for everyone else because they sure won't be on the look out for you'

There are alot of safe riders out there. They might be few and far between right now but they're there. It's the young ones, first bike, that want to impress someone. Get a life, kid, cause you sure don't impress me none.

sandtown born a...

I as well as a lot of my family and friends ride and your comment is spot on, Experience is everything, Stay Safe All

trafficman

There are two overhead signs that direct traffic as to how to exit onto the Butler Street ramp. In addition, there are two flashing signs that state right lane MUST turn right. The overhead street lighting is Ohio Edison's responsibility. The lanes are set up this way to handle the heavy influx of traffic going to Cedar Point, but due to the size of the barriers, it does reduce lane width a little, but there is still enough room for trucks to clear. It may not be a perfect solution, but it is the best way to keep the lanes seperated as both lanes are able to turn right and exit onto the ramp. ALL drivers , when in an unfamilier area must use extra caution when driving/riding.

I hope the injured will recover fully, and that the rest of Bike Week and the tourist season will be safe for all.

VOTENO

Vroom Vroom

he said she said

@Voteno: you're not being loud enough. noone can hear you

Nor'easter

Learned Friday that all the concessions at bike week are exempt from paying city income tax according to the agreement that City signed with organizers. Why are we putting up with this noise, congestion and subsidizing this mess. Time to enforce noise ordinance like we do "Click-it or Ticket" and start balancing the budget.

bobshumway92

Need DUI checkpoints at every road heading out of downtown.

Free Man

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