Tuesday, June 24, 2003

2 motorcyclists die, another hurt in wrecks



By Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Two men died and a third person was seriously injured Sunday night in motorcycle crashes in Fort Thomas, downtown Cincinnati and Liberty Township.

Police chased a motorcycle in Campbell County to Fort Thomas about 9 p.m. Sunday, ending with the driver crashing. The motorcyclist, who was not identified, was being treated for serious injuries at a hospital.

In downtown Cincinnati, a 37-year-old Sharonville man died about 11:40 p.m. Sunday after losing control of his 2000 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic on an overpass ramp from Fort Washington Way to southbound Interstate 71/75, authorities said.

Darrel Gleaves struck a retaining wall, was thrown over the wall from the overpass and fell 40 feet into the intersection of Third Street and Central Avenue, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. It was not known whether he was wearing a helmet.

It was the city's 15th traffic fatality this year.

In Liberty Township, Robert Love, 57, of Hamilton, died late Sunday after his motorcycle was struck by a car near the intersection of Maud-Hughes and Kyles Station roads.

Love, of Liberty Woods Drive, died during surgery at Miami Valley Hospital, Butler County sheriff's officials said.

No charges have been filed while an investigation into the crash continues. Sheriff's officials said a 1985 Ford, driven by 33-year-old Jessica Ross of Maud-Hughes Road, apparently crossed the center line before striking Love's 1980 Harley-Davidson shortly before 7 p.m.

"Warmer weather is upon us, and people need to be aware of motorcycle riders," said Lt. Rick Fambro of the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Columbus headquarters.

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Sheila McLaughlin and Jim Hannah contributed to this report. E-mail jmorse@enquirer.com




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