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State Patrol investigating serious injury motorcycle crash
Monday, May 28, 2012 6:40 PM


PAYNE – The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Van Wert Post is investigating a serious injury crash on SR49 at SR114 south of Payne, in Paulding County, Benton Township.  The crash occurred at 11:19 AM Monday, May 28.

A 2011 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Edward Leverton, age 40, of Payne was southbound on SR49.  A 2000 Ford Windstar minivan driven by William Hoverman, age 62, of Van Wert was westbound on SR114.  Hoverman failed to yield to the southbound motorcycle and was struck in the passenger side.

Hoverman continued westbound off the left side of the road through a ditch and stopped in a field.  Leverton was ejected from the motorcycle and onto the minivan windshield.  Leverton came to rest in the field.  A passenger on the motorcycle was identified as Lonnie Leverton, age 38, of Payne, was also ejected and came to rest in the southbound lane of SR49.

Lonnie Leverton was transported by Scott EMS to Van Wert County Hospital where she was then airlifted by ProMedica to Parkveiw Regional Medical Center.  Edward Leverton was transported from the scene to Parkview Regional Medical Center by Samaritan LifeFlight.  Hoverman was not injured.

The intersection of SR 49 and SR 114was closed for a short time while aid was given to the victims and during scene clean up.

The Highway Patrol was assisted on scene by Payne Volunteer Fire & EMS personnel, Scott EMS personnel, and the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office.

The crash is still under investigation.  The motorcycle riders were not wearing helmets and alcohol is not a factor in this crash.  Both victims are listed in critical condition at Parkview Regional Medical Center at this time.


UPDATE: As of Tuesday morning, Lonnie Leverton is now in serious condition, and Edward Leverton has been transferred to a hospital in Indianapolis.