Cyclist dies following crash south of Leetonia

A motorcycle ride on a glorious spring day turned tragic for an Elkrun Township man Sunday. Carl M. Oyer, 56, of Morris Road, died after his Harley Davidson motorcycle wrecked near the intersection of state Route 558 and Leetonia Road south of Leetonia. The patrol said Oyer was following his wife, who was on a three-wheel motorcycle, and she told them they were traveling at about 25 to 30 miles per hour when the crash occurred around 5 p.m. Both were wearing helmets. Oyer was taken by Leetonia EMS to Salem Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead. County coroner’s investigator Brandi Phillips ruled later that Oyer suffered a heart attack shortly after the crash. A medical airlift was originally requested and the helicopter had already arrived on the scene, but was called off. Leetonia firefighters and Sinsley’s Towing also responded. The accident remains under investigation by trooper Brian Kavanagh. (Salem News photo by Katie Schwendeman)