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Hit-and-run causes personal injury to Ohio motorcyclist

The Ohio Highway Patrol says that a 15-year-old boy is lucky to be alive after the dirt bike he was riding was struck from behind by a pickup truck. Authorities say the Aug. 19 crash occurred in Cherry Valley, Ohio, and may not have been an accident.

The 15-year-old victim told state investigators that he saw a Chevy 1500 pickup truck driving toward him in the opposite lane while he was riding his dirt bike along Dodgeville Road. The boy admitted to directing an obscene gesture towards the driver of the truck. Moments later, the boy says the truck made a U-turn and then accelerated toward him at a rapid rate of speed.

A lieutenant with the Ohio State Patrol's Ashtabula post said that investigators believe the truck then struck the boy from behind and ejected him into a nearby cornfield. The truck then reportedly kept traveling on for at least a mile dragging the bike underneath it before it finally broke free. That driver then left the scene and did not notify authorities of the accident.

Acting on a tip, investigators were able to track down a 42-year-old man who admitted his involvement in incident, although he offered a conflicting account of what happened. The lieutenant would not disclose the details of that account but indicated that it appeared a crime had been committed.

The 15-year-old boy survived the accident and was taken to a hospital, where he was later released to his parents soon afterward. Charges are expected against the driver of the truck.

Motorcycle accidents are rarely intentional. Most often, they occur when motorists fail to yield because they are either inattentive, distracted or impaired. Due to smaller size and less safety features, motorcycles struck by vehicles often result in serious injuries to the motorcyclist. These injuries can require expensive medical treatments and follow-up physical therapy.

Ohio motorcyclists have a right to be free of personal injury whenever they ride. If you have been the victim of a careless or impaired driver, you may have a legitimate claim for compensation of your injuries. A civil lawsuit against the driver may be a good way to recover your medical expenses, lost wages and other associated costs.

Source: Fox 8 News, "Investigators sorting out details of dirt bike hit-and-run" Lorrie Taylor, Aug. 22, 2014

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