Akron police investigate deadly motorcycle accidents

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - The traffic bureau is investigating two separate traffic fatalities that occurred over the weekend involving motorcycles.

The first accident occurred around 9PM Friday night in the 2300 block of Romig Road. The motorcycle driver, 40-year-old John E. Jackson, Jr., was northbound on Romig Road when a Dodge Caravan, driven by a 19-year-old man, turned left in front of the motorcycle.

The motorcycle struck the right rear of the van causing Jackson to be ejected from the motorcycle. Jackson was transported to Akron General Medical Center where he later died. The driver of the Dodge Caravan was not injured. Jackson was wearing a safety helmet at the time of the accident.

The second accident occurred around 2:30AM Sunday morning on Interstate 76 near the South Arlington Street exit. The motorcycle driver, 26-year-old Jonathan L. Kerr, was traveling westbound on Interstate 76 when he failed to negotiate a curve, drove onto the right shoulder of the roadway, striking the concrete barrier several times, before being ejected from the motorcycle and over the concrete barrier. He fell over 20 feet to the grass/dirt shoulder along the exit ramp to South Arlington Street.

Kerr was transported to Akron City Hospital where he later died. Kerr was wearing a helmet.

Alcohol appears to be a factor in the accident.

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