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.


WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s