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  • Writer's pictureJoe Lyons


SUGAR CREEK TOWNSHIP – On Saturday, July 22, 2023 at 10:54 AM the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Wooster Post was notified of a two-vehicle serious-injury crash at the intersection of US Route 30 and Pres’ Vannes’ Drive in Sugar Creek Township, Wayne County.

The investigation revealed a green 1995 Dodge Caravan was crossing the median from the US30 east lanes via the Pres’ Vannes’ Drive access road. A silver 2003 Harley Davidson FXDL Dyna Low Rider was west on US30 in the right lane. The Dodge, having a posted yield sign, failed to yield the right-of-way and attempted to cross the west lanes of US30 when it was struck on the passenger side by the motorcycle. The Dodge rotated and overturned onto its driver’s side partially off the northwest corner of the intersection. The motorcycle came to rest off the road just west of the Dodge.

The helmeted and properly endorsed male driver of the motorcycle, Gerald A. Siegel, 57, Canton, Ohio was pronounced deceased at the scene. The female driver of the Dodge, Harley D. Gallagher, 25, Smithville, Ohio and her 2-year-old passenger of the same address were transported via ground to Akron Children’s Hospital. Gallagher was seat-belted at the time of the crash and her passenger was in a child safety seat.

The incident, including whether speed or impairment played a role in the crash, remains under investigation.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted on scene by the Dalton Police Department, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, East Wayne Fire and EMS, the Wayne County Coroner’s Office, and Bear’s Towing.

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