MOUNT VERNON — A Thornville woman was arraigned Thursday in Perry County Municipal Court in connection with a multi-vehicle crash on Saturday that involved three Knox County motorcyclists who were participating in a charity ride. Marianne Brocksmith, 45, is facing her third DUI charge following convictions in 2003 and 2007.
Brocksmith allegedly drove left of center on Perry County’s Copper Penny Road, near Buckeye Lake, at approximately 4 p.m. Her car clipped the oncoming Harley-Davidsons ridden by John Alberts of Mount Vernon and Brett Stewart of Fredericktown. Both cycles were forced off the road and crashed, but the riders and Alberts’ wife, Mary Jane, a passenger on his machine, were able to walk away.
The accident was one of three involving riders who were taking part in the 14th Annual Farmstead Poker Run, which benefits Hospice of Knox County. In the most serious incident, Scott and Michelle Helms, a married couple from Reynoldsburg, sustained multiple injuries when their 2001 Harley-Davidson unavoidably crashed into a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt driven by Gary Smith, 30, of Newark. The accident happened on Route 666, North River Road East, in Muskingum County’s Washington Township.
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