Village man seriously injured following motorcycle accident

YELLOW CREEK – A Salineville man was flown to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh in critical condition following a motorcycle accident on state Route 39 in Yellow Creek Township late Saturday afternoon.

According to Trooper Kevin Thompson with the Ohio Highway Patrol, the rider, identified as 49-year-old James A. Hawk of Salineville, was riding west on state Route 39 at around 3:40 p.m. when he strayed off the right side of the pavement between Way Road and Oak Ridge Road.

Hawk, who was not wearing a helmet, went into the roadside drainage culvert and was thrown from his 2006 Harley-Davidson, sustaining serious but unspecified injuries. “The report we’re getting is he was unresponsive,” Thompson said.

Hawk was initially transported to East Liverpool City Hospital by Tri-County Ambulance but was subsequently flown by helicopter to UPMC Presbyterian by STAT MedEvac for further treatment. No additional information on his condition was available at press time.

Troopers from the state highway patrol were joined by Wellsville and Highlandtown volunteer firefighters, who assisted in rescue efforts, as well as blocking state Route 39 between 16 School Road and Oak Ridge Road while Hawk was attended to.

Thompson says it’s too early to tell what may have played a role in the accident, which is now under investigation by the state highway patrol.