Two injured in motorcycle-vehicle accident



A collision involving a Mercury Mariner and a motorcycle sent two people to Akron City Hospital Friday evening.

The motorcycle’s operator, James Bowen, and his passenger, wife Bonnie Bowen, sustained “non-life-threatening injuries” after they were ejected from their vehicle on state Route 59 in front of Walmart in Ravenna, said State Trooper Patrick Abel.

The Mariner, driven by Ravenna resident Stefani Esposito, 23, was traveling westbound on state Route 59 and swerved to the right to avoid hitting the vehicle in front of her when traffic stopped suddenly. Behind her, James’ motorcycle skidded and then rolled to the left side as he tried to brake in time, Abel said. James and Bonnie, Shreve residents, were ejected before their motorcycle skidded into the stopped Mariner. Neither were wearing helmets.

“The contributing circumstance is not enough space between cars,” Abel said.

Abel said a call came to the station at 5:52 p.m., and he arrived on scene at 5:59 p.m.

Esposito and her passenger, Cindy McCoy, 22, were not injured.

“I felt them hit us… and then she (Esposito) was like, ‘It’s a motorcycle,'” McCoy said. “So we both just jumped out of the car, and we’re like, ‘Oh my God,’ and then we just saw them laying there.”

Abel said the Bowens had broken bones and fractures.

Akron City Emergency Room could not disclose any further information about their condition.

Contact Daily Kent Stater reporter Lydia Coutre at [email protected].