Two people died this weekend in separate motorcycle crashes involving Harley-Davidson riders not wearing helmets, authorities say.
At 8:30 p.m. Friday, the State Highway Patrol said a deer crossed in front of 55-year-old Laurence Bogner of Hinckley.
Bogner was heading east on Grafton Road near North Carpenter Road in Brunswick Hills Township. He was thrown from his 2016 Harley-Davidson.
Paramedics took Bogner to the nearby Brunswick campus of the Cleveland Clinic then flew him by helicopter to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center.
Bogner, who suffered head injuries, died there, troopers said. Investigators do not believe alcohol was involved in the crash.
It was not clear what happened to the deer.
At 11:11 p.m. Saturday, 44-year-old Charles R. Hand II of Ashland lost control of his Harley-Davidson while heading north on U.S. 250 near U.S. 224 in Ruggles Township.
The motorcycle left the roadway and struck a wire fence. Hand and his passenger, Tammy M. Stackhouse, 47, of Greenwich, were ejected.
Stackhouse was pronounced dead at the scene. Hand was taken to University Hospital Samaritan Medical Center before being airlifted to Cleveland Metro with life-threatening injuries.
U.S. 250 was closed for three hours. Neither Hand nor Stackhouse were wearing helmets, authorities said. Alcohol and speed “are believed to be factors" in the fatal crash, which remains under investigation.
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