Lakewood Man Dies Following Motorcycle Crash

33-year-old man dies following injuries he sustained during a crash on Detroit Avenue on Thursday night.

A 33-year-old man has died of the injuries he sustained during a crash near the intersection of Detroit and Mathews avenues on Thursday night.

Brian McClellan, of Lakewood, died at MetroHealth Medical Center on Sunday, according to the Plain Dealer

McClennan was a 1997 graduate of St. Edward High School, according to his obituary.

Capt. Ed Hassing told the Plain Dealer that the incident occurred after McClellan, riding his motorcycle west on Detroit Avenue, crashed into a car that pulled into the intersection to turn left.

The driver of the car, a 29-year-old Cleveland woman, passed field sobriety tests, according to the story.

According to police scanner traffic, there was another vehicle crash across town at the same time as the motorcycle crash on Detroit Avenue.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Lakewood Police Department at 216-521-6773.

Peter Bruce Photo October 24, 2012 at 12:57 PM
AGAIN.... not the motorcycles fault !!!!! Did the police check her phone to see if she was texting etc. When are driver going to understand that bikes must be seen
Hol October 24, 2012 at 01:26 PM
I agree about the texting. People on the phone without a headset, or texting are just asking for trouble. I see it all the time and cannot believe drivers do not realize how it affects driving. I've seen people texting or even just reading their phones and they are swirving into oncoming traffic. I've even seen someone go up on the sidewalk while messing the phone. It looks like they are drunk. My sympathy goes out to the McClellan family. Prayers to the family!
Michael Rice October 24, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Peter, I live in the area and when you pull to the stop sign on Mathews it's difficult to see traffic heading west on Detroit because of the cars parked on the street, especially at night. You are both assuming this person was driving and texting. Please stop excusing people without knowing the facts. Drive down Mathews and try making a left turn onto Detroit on a Thursday night at 9:45. This appears to be a tragic accident. Peter stop the blame!
Marilyn Casey October 24, 2012 at 03:08 PM
If this is such a big problem on Mathews, then put in a traffic light. Yes?
Michael Rice October 24, 2012 at 03:14 PM
I'm not really sure how big the problem is, but because I've lived there so long I know to move out into the intersection slowly. I was just making a point that I could see how this could happen.
Marilyn Casey October 24, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Brian, maybe it should be looked into from a historical and also from a future perspective to see if it's been a problem in the past. If not, then perhaps negligence on the part of the driver is at fault. BTW -- I always try to turn left onto Detroit heading west via a street with a street light. If not, I always try to go into the turning lane before going into traffic, until I can clearly see if cars are coming. Safe driving is a big issue today. Most people presume safety rather than practicing it.
Michael Rice October 24, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Marilyn, we can't say for sure if the driver is at fault. It's possible the gentleman on the motorcycle was intoxicated or driving to fast. We won't know until the police report is finalized. Although, the article says the woman pulled into the intersection to turn left, as though, she stopped in the middle of the street. Unfortunately, this is a tragic accident that took the life of a young man. Regardless of people's personal opinions, motorcycles are dangerous. Whether it be the idiot in the car not paying attention or the person on the motorcycle. A car vs. a bike is not a even match. God bless this man and his family.
MADDY October 24, 2012 at 07:50 PM
This are is not the best for turning left or right. Something needs to be done regarding the parking. Cars should not be able to park bumper to bumper in front of the store fronts in that area. I have heard of accidents in that area in the past. This was a traggic accident. The person on the motorcycle was someone who has been riding for years and took all procautions. Unfortunately all circumstances came together to cause this accident. God bless the family in this loss and God bless the driver who has to live with this the rest of her life.
Gina J. October 24, 2012 at 08:20 PM
did he have a helmet on? i mean NO disrespect to his family but this is a no brainer-ohio needs a helmet law. of every ten motor cycles i see maybe one has a helmet on.
Colin McEwen October 24, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Gina, it's my understand that he WAS wearing a helmet.
Meghan Stewart October 24, 2012 at 10:02 PM
I was there the night it happened and the lady driving the car felt the need to go to around the corner bar to drink . Made me a little upset knowing the motorcyclist was in severe condition. And she felt the need to get wasted.his family is in my prayers and I hope they Find out what really happened ! Drinking and driving is disgusting
John Q Public October 25, 2012 at 06:15 PM
She was at a fundraiser and had been drinking. Although she passed a field sobriety check, in such a severe accident a blood test could and should have been in order. And, she did pull into the intersection and stopped, because she saw the motorcycle coming and froze. She wasn't sure if she should back up, stop, or go ahead. Sounds to me like she could, I stress "could" have been impaired. The rider was wearing a helmet and a jacket with armor.
The original Bill October 25, 2012 at 06:35 PM
It doesn't matter if the motorcycle was driving fast, the car pulled out in front of the motorcycle. The motorcycle had the right of way. The driver of the car was at fault.
Hope R October 25, 2012 at 11:19 PM
As a motorcycle rider I really wish drivers would not "freeze" in the middle of an intersection when they realize they have pulled out in front of us. We have a better chance of not dying if we don't collide with your car. If you can safely move please get out of the way. We stand a better chance laying the bike down and getting road rash then hitting a car head on. As far as helmet laws something as simple as a 20 mile per hour accident can kill regardless of helmet. I prefer to keep as many of my personal rights as possible. I have enough laws that seem to deem me to much of an idiot to make my own choices. If I choose to take that chance it's my right. It's not going to affect you are a driver whether I wear one or not. Prayers out to another fallen brother. We are out there, please watch for us, the majority of us certainly watch for you.
Shelley October 26, 2012 at 01:05 AM
I do watch for you. My nephew lost part of his leg by a careless van driver who passed him to closely, threw him off the highway and left him for dead. But I am a homeowner on Westlake and am afraid every time I pull onto Detroit in my car ever since parking became allowed bumper to bumper on Detroit, even in front of parking lots. I don't have x-ray vision sothere is no way that I can see through those cars and trucks. In addition there are people walking, running, riding bikes in front of my car from both directions on the sidewalk while I wait . I have prayed that no one would get killed due to the bad decision to have no gaps between the parked cars for us to see while trying to get out of our streets. Then there are the folks exiting Rite Aid who don't know that we on a street have the right of way and when there is an opening they dart out into the street and almost kill us. It's a nightmare. Now that there is a light on Woodward I can rarely turn right or left onto Detroit as traffic is backed past our street. The only place to drive North to is the lake, and I live south of the tracks. But frequently I find myself using $4 gas to drive north to Clifton, turn east so I can turn around on streets with lights and head southwest where I was going so I don't kill someone or get killed. Bad planning Lakewood. Stop the rumors people. Prayers and love to all involved.
crossen December 15, 2012 at 10:21 PM
yes he was wearing his helmet! his riding jacket! his riding gear!


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