WARREN TOWNSHIP - The Ohio State Highway Patrol is treating a motorcycle crash last week that left two men critically injured as a hit-and-run.
State troopers are asking for public assistance in locating a vehicle and driver possibly involved in the hit-skip crash last Tuesday. They said they believe that a Chevy S-10 Blazer, model year 1998 to 2003, was involved. The right front of the vehicle and headlight would be damaged, and a large portion of the front end would be missing, according to the patrol.
According to reports, a motorcycle operated by Kenneth McAllister II, 40, of Warren, was involved in the crash on state Route 45 near Greenlawn Avenue. He was taken to Metro Health in Cleveland.
His passenger, James Goss II, 34, also of Warren, was transported to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.
Both remained hospitalized in critical condition on Monday, according to the patrol.
Sgt. Jason Bonar said, "People are calling in and we've been following up with the calls we get. We're hoping to get the information out there to as many people as possible and that someone will know something and call in."
Anyone with information on the crash may call the Ohio State Highway Patrol post at 330-898-2321.
Township fire and police departments assisted with the 8:30 p.m. crash. Traffic heading north on Route 45 was rerouted because of the debris on the road, which included broken bottles from two 12-packs of beer troopers said Goss had been carrying.
Initial reports were conflicting, with one witness saying the motorcycle fell over and another reporting that it crashed into something.
Previously, OSHP reported that McAllister and Gosh were thrown from the motorcycle, that they were not wearing helmets and that alcohol was believed to have been a factor in the crash.
Bonar said OSHP is trying to put the pieces together to determine the cause.