A 32-year-old male motorcycle rider lost his life following an auto-motorcycle collision in Perry Township. The accident happened during the early hours of Monday, July 5th. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a car struck the victim’s motorcycle from behind in the collision in Perry Township.
The initial inquiry revealed that Joeallen Meely of Canton drove a 2006 Yamaha V-Star Motorcycle west on South Street in the area of Stardale Avenue. A 2016 Dodge Charger coming from behind then struck the victim’s motorcycle from behind. The impact ejected the motorcyclist who was not wearing a helmet onto the roadway.
Meeley sustained severe injuries and died at the scene. The OSHP said the Dodge driver, Joshua Gibson, 30, of Massillon, continued off the right side of the road after the collision. He went through a fence and struck a dirt embankment before resting.
Medics transported Gibson, who did not wear a seatbelt, to Mercy Hospital for medical evaluation, after which the investigators booked him into the Stark County Jail. The man faces charges of assured clear distance ahead, operating a vehicle impaired, aggravated vehicular homicide, and seatbelt.
The OSHP said they suspect drugs and alcohol contributed to the 3 a.m. crash. The investigation is ongoing.
In accidents of this nature, the presence of a criminal charge does not negate a civil lawsuit. The personal representative of the victim can file the case on behalf of their family. If the action succeeds, they will get death benefits, including lost income, loss of consortium, and funeral and burial expenses. The compensation could also cover the emotional distress suffered by the victim’s family because of their sudden death.
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