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One man dead after motorcycle accident in Goshen
GOSHEN TOWNSHIP, Ohio (Brad Underwood) -- One man is dead after crashing his motorcycle into a car in Goshen Township Sunday afternoon.
The accident happened just before 2 p.m. at the intersection of State Route 28 and Linton Road.
59-year-old Iris Boone, who was driving the car involved in the accident, is in fair and stable condition.
According to the Ohio State Patrol, the accident appears to be the fault 59-year-old John Bennett who was riding a motorcycle. Bennett was pronounced dead at the scene. He was with at least one other motorcyclist.
Ohio State Patrol says Bennett was trying to pass Boone while traveling east on State Route 28.
When the motorcycle and car approached the intersection of Linton, Boone attempted to make a left turn. At that point, Bennett and Boone collided, sending them both into a ditch.
The two riders have been confirmed as members of the Iron Horsemen Motorcycle Club. After the accident, several other members arrived at the scene.
According to OSHP, Bennett was not wearing a helmet.
Sgt. Aaron Gentry of the OSHP says the accident could have been avoided.
Gentry says that even though drivers are allowed to pass on that stretch of 28, it appears Bennett didn't follow the rule of the law when he crashed into Boone's car as she turned.
"Motorists are urged, even though the pavement markings show they can pass, if they are coming up to an intersection they are not allowed to be left of the center line. A lot of people have been told you can't pass in an intersection; the actual verbiage is you can't be left of center in an intersection. So laws do apply at this point," says Gentry.
OSHP also says that as riding season is in full swing, all motorists need to be aware of their surroundings while on the road. More than 130 motorcyclists have died statewide in 2014.
A portion of State Route 28 was closed after the accident, but has since reopened.
OSHP hasn't determined yet if alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash. The accident remains under investigation.