FREDERICKTOWN — According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, alcohol may have been a contributing factor in a motorcycle crash which seriously injured two Marengo residents the night of July Fourth.
According to OSHP Trooper Joshua Stryker, a motorcycle carrying Lester A. Moore, 37, and Connie F. Fyffe, 38, was traveling west on Sparta Road on Saturday night, when the driver lost control of the motorcycle. It went off the left side of the road, came back onto the roadway, then slid several yards before coming to rest on Sparta Road near Granny Creek Road.
The Fredericktown Community Fire District and Fredericktown EMS responded to the crash, which was reported at 9:38 p.m. Firefighters set up a landing zone for a MedFlight helicopter, which transported Fyffe to Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus. She suffered serious head injuries, and remained listed in critical condition at OSU late Sunday night, according to a hospital spokesman.
Moore was transported by Fredericktown EMS to Knox Community Hospital, then flown to OSU by MedFlight. He remains hospitalized at OSU, and is listed in fair condition.
Stryker said the crash remains under investigation. Because both riders were thrown from the motorcycle, it has not been concluded who was driving, although Stryker said it appeared Moore was the driver.
Neither rider was wearing a helmet; both sustained head injuries.
“Alcohol is considered a factor in this crash,” Stryker said.
The trooper said Sunday that no charges had yet been filed; blood alcohol tests are pending.