Motorcycle crash sends Ohio woman to hospital

PARKERSBURG – An Ohio woman was taken by medical helicopter to a hospital for treatment of injuries she suffered after being ejected from her motorcycle near Parkersburg.

Kimberly Koehler, 47, of Amelia, was hurt when her motorcycle went off the left side of the eastbound lanes of U.S. 50 around the 5.5 mile marker under the Juliana Street Bridge just after 11 a.m., said Wood County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Deem. Her 2007 Harley-Davidson got caught in gravel and struck the divider wall, throwing her from the vehicle, he said.

Koehler was traveling with a group of motorcyclists from the Cincinnati area, headed for Washington, D.C., to participate in the Run for the Wall, a journey to the Vietnam Memorial to promote healing for veterans and awareness of prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action.

Trenton, Ohio, resident Craig Campbell, a recently retired firefighter, was riding behind Koehler when the accident happened.

“We came through the curve here, I think she hit a little bit of gravel, hit the wall and went down,” he said.

It was an unsettling moment for Campbell, despite his experience.

“I’m used to just pulling up on this stuff and dealing with it, not watching it happen then deal with it,” he said.

Campbell dismounted and applied a tourniquet to Koehler’s injured leg while his girlfriend called 911.

A firefighter from a local department also stopped to help, Campbell said, and multiple passing motorists offered assistance.

Deem said Koehler was conscious and talking when she was placed in an ambulance. She was taken to Camden Clark Medical Center, where he said she was loaded directly onto a medical helicopter and flown to Charleston Area Medical Center.

A CAMC spokesman contacted Friday afternoon had no information on Koehler.

Campbell said Koehler is an experienced motorcyclist.

“It doesn’t matter sometimes. Things happen,” he said.

The right lane of eastbound U.S. 50 was closed for about 40 minutes while deputies cleared the scene and investigated the crash. The West Virginia State Police, Parkersburg Police and Blennerhassett Volunteer Fire Department also responded, along with St. Joseph’s Ambulance Service.

Deem said there will be no citation from the incident.