Man facing child endangering charge after Youngstown motorcycle crash

Both men were taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital. The driver was last listed in critical condition

Youngstown motorcycle crash

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A man from Youngstown is facing charges after he crashed his motorcycle Wednesday injuring himself and his teen passenger.

The accident happened just after 1 a.m. on South Avenue.

The driver, later identified as 36-year-old John Grzejka, was driving north on South Avenue when he hit a curb and slid into Irish Bob’s parking lot.

Grzejka suffered serious injuries. His teen passenger was also hurt but was able to walk around at the scene. Both were taken to St. Elizabeth Hosptial where Grzejka remains in stable condition.

According to a police report, officers encountered Grzejka earlier that evening after they were called to a house on Palmer Avenue for a fight. When police arrived, they said that Grzejka appeared intoxicated and was slurring his words.

Because of the disturbance at the house, police wanted to remove Grzejka but didn’t want him driving because of his condition. The officer told Grzejka, “I do not want to scrape your face off of the pavement,” when Grzejka suggested that he could drive away, according to the police report.

Grzejka was driven to a home in Struthers but came back to the Palmer Avenue house later that night and drove away with his teen passenger before crashing on South Avenue.

The teen passenger was wearing a helmet but Grzejka was not.

Grzejka was charged with OVI and endangering children.

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