Newport woman hurt in motorcycle wreck

MARIETTA – A Newport woman is in critical condition at a Columbus hospital following a motorcycle crash near Zanesville Sunday.

Mary Tustin, 55, of Newport, was listed as critical Monday afternoon, according to a spokesman at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center where Tustin is being treated.

The crash occurred around 5 p.m. in Muskingum County at the intersection of U.S. 22 and Ohio 345, 10 miles southwest of Zanesville.

Joseph Gerger, 42, of Madison was driving a 1997 Chevrolet and an attached camper northbound on Ohio 345 when he attempted to stop at a stop sign and lost control of the vehicle, according to a report from the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

“The truck and camper jack-knifed and traveled onto U.S. 22 into the path of two eastbound motorcycles,” said the report.

Tustin’s motorcycle, a 2013 Harley Davidson, traveled straight through the side of the camper. She was flown from the scene by Medflight to OSU.

Tustin appeared to be suffering from both head and whole body trauma, according to Sgt. Melanie Appleman, assistant post commander of the Zanesville Post of the highway patrol.

The driver of the other motorcycle, 61-year old Patsy Goddard of Newport, was able to lie her bike down prior to striking the camper.

Goddard was treated and released from Genesis-Good Samaritan Hospital in Zanesville.

Both motorcyclists were wearing helmets, said Appleman.

Two 13-year-old children riding in the camper at the time of the crash were freed from the camper debris by passing motorists. They were also treated and released from Genesis-Good Samaritan Hospital.

Charges in the crash are pending as the investigation continues, said Appleman.