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Man has arm amputated following head-on crash in Akron; alcohol, speed suspected as factors

Beacon Journal staff report

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A well-known Akron-area stunt motorcyclist is under investigation for a possible seventh drunken driving offense after crashing his speeding pickup truck and causing his passenger to lose his arm, police said.

Kevin Marino, 42, of New Franklin, a co-founder of the StarBoyz stunt motorcycle group, has yet to be formally charged in connection with the Sunday night crash on East Waterloo Road, police said.

The crash remains under investigation, but police Lt. Rick Edwards said alcohol and excessive speed are suspected to have been factors in Marino crashing his pickup truck into an oncoming car.

Police said Ryan Eldridge, the passenger in Marino’s truck, had to have his arm amputated after he was partially ejected from the speeding pickup. Eldridge, 24, of Canton, was being treated at Summa Akron City Hospital. Police said the arm was badly injured and had to be severed.

Police said Marino was driving a 2007 Ford F-150 east on East Waterloo Road at about 11 p.m. when the pickup truck went left of center and collided with a sedan driven by Allison Carter, 23, of Green, police said.

The collision caused the pickup truck to roll on its side and strike a fence and sign. The Green woman was taken to Akron General Medical Center for a concussion, police said.

Police are investigating whether Marino was racing a friend, who was driving an SUV nearby.

Court records show Marino has a long history of driving infractions, including driving under the influence, hit-skip, reckless operation and driving with a suspended license.

Marino has six drunken driving arrests since 1990, police said.

Marino is a longtime member of the StarBoyz motorcycle club, whose members are known for stunt riding.

Marino’s Facebook page was filled Monday with condolences from friends.

“Definitely cheated death last night,” one friend wrote.


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