AKRON, Ohio– A teen boy was hit and killed by a motorcyclist Friday morning.
The teen was riding his bicycle on West Bartges Street near LaSalle Drive in Akron at about 10:30 a.m.
A witness told police three motorcycles were going westbound when two of them changed lanes to pass the boy.
“According to a witness, three motorcycles were traveling at a high rate of speed; the 15-year-old was on his bike in the middle of the road, and it appears two of them changed lanes to avoid hitting him and the third hit him from behind,” said Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards.
Police say a 30-year-old Akron man was taken to Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital with head injuries that are not expected to be life-threatening, but he is potentially facing a number of charges.
“He’s driving on a suspended license and does not have a motorcycle endorsement,” said Lt. Edwards, “And has several warrants for traffic violations.”
The victim, Damiyon L. Frazier, of Copley, was not identified until hours later. Police said his mother saw reports about the crash and contacted authorities.
The speed limit on the street is 35 mph and there are multiple warning signs about children playing in the area which is both residential and business.
Neighbors were surprised and heartbroken to hear about the accident.
“For a bicyclist this is probably one of the better places, it’s near the Towpath,” said Michael Toth, “Just very, very sad; really, my heart goes out to the family.”
Police say speed was absolutely a factor, and the tragedy should be a warning to everyone this time of year.
“I can honestly say speed was a factor in this accident, so we’re just saying slow down and be aware of your surroundings when you’re traveling and watch out for the kids,” said Lt. Edwards.