3 Motorcycle Accidents In Washington Co.

By: Beth Lanning Email
By: Beth Lanning Email

Ohio Highway Patrol officials were busy responding to three motorcycle accidents Sunday.

A Vincent man remains in the hospital Monday morning after one of them.

It happened Sunday just after 7 p.m. on Township Road 32 in Washington County.

Sergeant Todd McDonald says 35-year-old Jason Fair drove his motorcycle off the left side of road and hit a brush pile.

He remains in fair condition at Grant Medical Center in Columbus.

Two other motorcycle accidents happened just moments apart on County Road 2 in Washington County.

Ohio Highway Patrol officials say Sunday evening Robin Beebe and James Spriggs both drove their motorcycles off the right side of the road and hit an embankment.

Beebe was taken to the hospital. His condition is unknown at this time.

Spriggs suffered minor injuries but was not taken to the hospital.

Officials say they are increasing their efforts to check riders for proper licenses as well as cracking down on violations.


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  • by Rob B Location: Coolville on Jun 18, 2009 at 08:05 AM
    I know there is alot of stereotyping for sportbike riders and i know those riders who give us a bad image. I dont like riding with them and its not my place to tell them how to ride. I only ride to lead by example, smartly, wear protective gear, teach how to ride, and provide a positive image. Accidents are what they are, car, truck, motorcycle...all the same. negligence comes in all shapes and it doesnt matter how many wheels it comes with. I ride for the simple reason it makes me feel alive and im not going to take it for granted. Im the father of 2 girls and i will always be there for them. I just hope the riders who drive carelessly will take time to think of the important things in life before they ride, before they take risks, before they do things which will end up in regret and give the people who do not like motorcycle riders another view in opinion or understanding. I am grateful to the people who helped me and i salute those who know me. Ride to live
  • by Rob Location: Coolville on Jun 18, 2009 at 07:54 AM
    Im one of the riders involved in this incident and I will explain what happened. As rachel stated were taking pictures at the near by lake and continued on riding to take more pictures for her trip book. We were all riding at a safe traveling distance IAW with the laws and upon approach of the S turn down the hill the rider ahead of me began breaking to take his right hand turn he quickly realized the turn was sharper than expected, braked while leaning and brought the motorcycle up and directly up forcing him to go straight vs continuing the turn and drove into my path. My choice was lay it down or follow him off the road, split second decisions are life threatening even at 15-20mph. laying it down may have sent the bike directly to his head in tragectory or brake and avoid colliding with him being pinned under his bike. I had no choice but to brake in the best interest of him and im glad i did because he is alive and well. At no time did we race or speed excessively. Thanks to all
  • by Rachel Location: Fl on Jun 17, 2009 at 05:32 PM
    I was the female rider right behind Rob and James and saw the whole thing. We were only going 15mph, although the LEO at the scene accused me of lying. I am a mother, a business women, and someone who has had one ticket (in my car) and absolutely zero issues with the law. I am hardly a lair. We were actually just coming from taking pictures at a lake that is nearby. They all knew I was in from out of town and were not pushing the limits by any means. I know another saying besides "its not a matter of if you go down, but when." Accidents are exactly that, and accident. People lose their lives on bike, get seriously injured, or do costly damage to their bikes, but yet people have no compassion, no empathy, and are quick to judge. Even when the only one involved is the rider themselves. My thoughts and prayers go out every fallen rider. And please do not judge until you are done looking in the mirror.
  • by crazy Location: belpre on Jun 16, 2009 at 02:38 PM
    i know both of the guys. i have been riding with both of them. they always have their gear on from head to toe. things happen and i'm glad they are still alive to ride again
  • by seasoned rider Location: belpre on Jun 15, 2009 at 11:34 PM
    Sorry guys but hitting a deer going the speed limit is an accident... hitting the ditch going the speed limit in that turn is called unskilled not an accident. Get upset if you want but any "seasoned" rider knows that a county road is gonna have cinders and gravel in turns on occasion.
  • by hairy bear Location: marietta area on Jun 15, 2009 at 10:28 PM
    Not to mention, there are only 2 kinds of riders, those who are gonna go down, and those who have been down. Ask any experienced rided, its not just a catchy saying. Lets try to give these guys our best wishes, not our griping and complaining.
  • by Hairy bear Location: marietta area on Jun 15, 2009 at 10:26 PM
    Having ridden myself, I've had too many close calls to list. 99.9% of those, were due to another driver. Granted I had a few mistakes of my own while learing, people have a hard time seeing bike riders, even the ones who are wearing bright clothes. Weather you want to belive it or not, those of us who are responsible drivers, are still wishing people would look out and share the road more. and when you say someones pipes are too loud, at least they have your attention. lol
  • by Cycle Rider Location: East Athens County on Jun 15, 2009 at 10:20 PM
    Great to hear they were wearing protective clothing! I don't understand why people who ride cycles skimp on half helmets and don't want to protect their skull. Although the cool wind through your hair can't be beat, I see an awful lot of beat up helmets that tell me they really do save lives. Why won't Ohio enact a helmet law? For both riders?
  • by wonderingwhy Location: parkersburg on Jun 15, 2009 at 08:45 PM
    I am glad they were wearing helmets. I meant nothing against these particular riders and do hope they are well. I was simply stating that I do see the no helmets alot in Ohio on the Interstate and it scares me. my seasoned rider uncle who has rode a motorcycle my whole 33 yrs of life was wrecked into and nearly killed while riding his bike.I just don't see much of a chance for no injury if your going 65-70mph and someone hits you and you don't have a helmet on. And I do wonder why they chose to ride without one everytime I see them.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 15, 2009 at 07:24 PM
    yes james spriggs and rob beebe were both wearing helmets and protective leather riding gear
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