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One dead in Barberton motorcycle crash

The Summit County Metro Crash Response Team and Barberton Police Department are investigating the death Sept. 6 of a motorcyclist at the intersection of State Street and Robinson Avenue.

Dead is Joseph Byrd, 40, of Akron, according to the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office.

According to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, a Ford Ranger was southbound on State and made a left turn onto Robinson in front of the motorcycle around 9:30 p.m. Byrd was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene.

No charges had been filed by the afternoon of Sept. 7. Any charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.


  1. Jameson is aidote on September 13, 2021 at 7:07 am

    May peace be with you my friend. People always use these as a post as a public way to complain,
    “Jameson:Unfortunately they don’t teach ppl biker awareness” STFU and quit commenting on things you know nothing about. \

  2. Jameson on September 9, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    Unfortunately they don’t teach ppl biker awareness, when they learn to drive.lets take a moment to remember those who have lost so much,and pray for all involved.

  3. D A on September 8, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    Sad to hear that someone made a serious mistake. Every day on Manchester Rd, N of Lockwood Corners, one or more bikers will accelerate from the light at the intersection to well over the speed limit, likely reaching 70 mph or more. There are several side roads between the Corners and Portage Lakes Dr. It is just a matter of time until someone pulls out of one of the roads, or a driveway, in front of a bike. Of course it will be the dumb driver who wasn’t watching, not the reckless behavior of the biker. I hope this was not another episode of excessive speed like that on Manchester Rd.

  4. Walt on September 8, 2021 at 7:52 am

    I hope the police will get in touch with family with their findings soon

  5. Ms Swan on September 8, 2021 at 5:25 am

    Why are all these idiots pulling out in front of the cycles!! I mean come on I bet he don’t feel well cause he did something stupid. The other guy is dead. Sorry for the family’s loss .. not so much for dumbass drivers who think they own road. Lost few friends like this .

  6. Fraser on September 7, 2021 at 4:24 pm

    What about the guy driving the white truck? I was there before the police was and he did not look well either.

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