Woman dies after motorcycle crash


Staff Report



A 74-year-old Spencer woman died of injuries sustained in a Sunday evening crash in Penfield Township.

The deadly incident happened around 6:45 p.m. on Rt. 301, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

William Hill, 74, and his wife, Eleanor Hill, were heading south on a 2008 Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

They were just a short way from their home when the bike crashed, said Wellington assistant fire chief Bill Brown. The cause was unclear but state troopers said the motorcycle went off the right side of the road and struck a ditch, throwing both riders.

William was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland and treated for serious injuries. Eleanor was taken to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center, then flown to University Hospital of Cleveland, where she died.

Both had been wearing helmets, troopers said. Neither alcohol nor drug use were suspected factors in the crash.

Just hours earlier, Wellington rescue forces had responded to another crash involving two motorcycles.

Brown said it happened around 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of Kelly Street and West Herrick Avenue.

A woman was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland with a severe head injury. A man was taken to Mercy Health Oberlin Hospital.

Neither of those riders was wearing a helmet, Brown said.

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