BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – As the Ohio State Highway Patrol continues to investigate a fatal motorcycle crash in Boardman Wednesday night, troopers say they have seen an increase in motorcycle related crashes.
Anthony Scarnecchia, 59, of Poland was killed when he collided with a Jeep Wrangler as it was turning south onto Hitchcock Road from Route 224.
Lieutenant Nakia Hendrix said there have been five fatal accidents in Mahoning County this year and three of those crashes involved motorcyclists.
Scarnecchia’s girlfriend, who did not want to be identified, said she called police Wednesday night when she didn’t hear from her boyfriend. When she saw the news reports of the crash, she said she knew it was him.
Investigators will determine if the teen driver yielded to traffic at the intersection and if any charges will be field. Hendrix said the crash sends a reminder to motorists to be aware and cautious.
“Motorcycles are out there 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Even here in Northeast Ohio, we need to be cognizant of them,” Hendrix said. “We need to make sure we are paying attention and we are not pulling out in front of them. And for motorcycles, make sure they are obeying the rules of the road, too.”