Cyclist dies after crash
AKRON: A Cuyahoga Falls man suffered fatal injuries Saturday night when his motorcycle crashed into a car on North Main Street in Akron.
Jamie Bittaker, 42, was taken to Akron City Hospital, where he died about 12:30 a.m. Sunday.
Police say the driver of a Pontiac Grand Prix was driving westbound on Lowell Avenue and turning southbound onto North Main Street when his car was hit by a Harley-Davidson driven by Bittaker that was going northbound on North Main Street.
Bittaker was ejected from his motorcycle. He wasn’t wearing a helmet, police said. The crash remains under investigation.
Man, 27, shot Sunday
AKRON: Police are investigating the shooting of a 27-year-old man about 2 p.m. Sunday.
The man told police that his mother drove him to East Emerling Avenue and Curtis Street. While they were parked, two men approached their vehicle and one of the men took the keys from the ignition.
The man got out of the vehicle and approached one of the men who pulled out a handgun and shot him several times. The victim was taken to Akron City Hospital with serious injuries.
The shooting remains under investigation.
Part of trail to close
AKRON: A section of the Summit Metro Park district’s most popular trail will close for three weeks during a bridge replacement project.
The Jogging Trail in Akron’s Sand Run Metro Park will be closed between Sand Run and Revere roads beginning Monday and continuing for about three weeks.
Sand Run Parkway will also be closed in that section while the park district replaces a foot bridge. During the closure, the parking lot at 2400 Sand Run Parkway will be closed.
The 6-mile Jogging Trail is the most popular in the park district, averaging more than 1,000 users a day, year-round. At 998 acres, Sand Run Metro Park is the district’s busiest Metro Park with nearly 2 million visits each year.
Ward 6 meeting
AKRON: Councilman Bob Hoch will host Mayor Dan Horrigan at the monthly Ward 6 meeting 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Robert J. Otterman Ellet Community Center, 2449 Wedgewood Drive.
The mayor will discuss the proposed .25 percent income tax increase proposal on November’s ballot.
Four die in Route 43 crash
LAKE TWP.: Four people were killed in a fiery crash at 5:55 p.m. Sunday on state Route 43 south of State Street.
A 2016 Dodge Challenger occupied by two males and two females was traveling northbound on Route 43 at a high rate speed when the vehicle drove off the left side of the road and into a soy bean field, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said. The vehicle then struck a large tree and caught fire.
The front seat passenger was ejected and the remaining occupants were trapped inside, the patrol said.
All occupants died and were burned beyond recognition. The Stark County Coroner’s Office is helping identify the victims.
The patrol said the preliminary investigation indicates speed was a factor in the crash.
Speed limit may increase
MEDINA: The Ohio Department of Transportation wants to raise the speed limit on a section of state Route 18 in the city, the Medina Gazette reports.
The state agency says the 25 mph limit from South Jefferson Street to Alber Drive is “illegal” and it needs to be bumped to 35 mph, the newspaper says.
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Regional briefs, Sept. 26: Motorcyclist dies after his bike strikes a car