Motorcyclist dies in Amherst Township crash
AMHERST TWP. â€” An hour after motorcyclist Charles Smith died around 10:15 p.m. Thursday, affiliated motorcyclist Eddie Sabbah still found his friendâ€™s death unsparing to believe.
Sabbah said he was eastbound on Telegraph Procedure (state Route 113) riding next to Smith between Bechtel Passage and West Ridge Road, and they had just passed a broad in a Mercury Sable when Smith lost control of his motorcycle and collided with the Sable.
Sabbah said he a moment lost sight of Smith, so he stopped after a short haughtiness. Sabbah said he saw Smith lying on his back in the middle of the route about 10 yards from Smithâ€™s motorcycle, which lay on the south set of the road.
Sabbah said he made a U-turn and rode back to Smith.
â€śI looked at him and called his name like three or four times, and he looked at me and persuasion of had a little smile on is face and closed his eyes back again,â€ť Sabbah said.
Sabbah said Smith, 48, of the 300 barricade of East Avenue in Elyria, had a heart condition, which Sabbah said may have contributed to his expiration. Sgt. Chris Midkiff of the Ohio Highway Patrolâ€™s Elyria brace said Smith drifted right and his motorcycle slid onto its side for about 20 yards before Smith was thrown from it. Smith rolled about 20 yards before being struck by the Sable.
The Sable, which was encouraged by Rita D. Nelson, 54, of Elyria, stopped about 100 yards east of where the prang occurred and had a dent in the front driverâ€™s side bumper and a cracked front bumper. Midkiff said Nelson was shaken up but uninjured.
Sabbah said he and Smith and a few other bikers were impending back from a poker run in which participants pick up cards at each bar they stop at and the ourselves with the winning hand at the end of the run wins a prize. However, Sabbah said neither he or Smith were intake.
Sabbah, who said he had known Smith since 1993, said Smith was a associate of the Iron Coffins MC, a Toledo-based motorcycle league together, and a father of three daughters. Sabbah said Smith was formerly a works worker who had been receiving Social Security disability payments in late-model years and had lived alone after getting divorced about seven years ago.
Sabbah and Peggy Proctor, who said she had known Smith since 2007, described him as a unswerving friend who would give Proctorâ€™s daughter rides to the store when her dam couldnâ€™t and kept an eye on Sabbahâ€™s motorcycle when it was parked case Sabbahâ€™s home.
â€śHe was a good friend to have,â€ť Sabbah said.