MANSFIELD -- Two people were seriously injured after an I-71 motorcycle crash in Richland County on Saturday afternoon, according to the Mansfield Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
The driver of the 2000 Harley Davidson, Taylor Harasti, 26, of Elyria, suffered serious injuries in the crash. The passenger, Bianca Foy, 27, of Elyria, also suffered serious injuries. Harasti and Foy were both transported by Washington Township Fire to Ohio Health Mansfield for treatment.
According to the Patrol, the incident occurred on I-71 southbound, near milepost 170 in Washington Township, at approximately 5:44 p.m.
The Patrol stated the motorcycle attempted to pass a vehicle using the left berm. The Harley Davidson struck a parked 2008 Honda Civic on the left berm which was assisting another disabled motorist. The Harley Davidson then struck a 2004 Volkswagen Jetta traveling in the left lane. The Harley Davidson overturned ejecting both the driver and passenger from the motorcycle. The Harley Davidson continued on and struck the median cable rail before coming to rest.
The driver of the 2008 Honda Civic was out of the vehicle at the time of the crash. Three passengers were in the Honda Civic at the time of the crash: Jocelyn. A. Colon, 26, of Cleveland, Makayla J. Giauque, 19, of Millersburg, and Ava L. Rogers, 4, of Columbus, were not injured.
The driver of the Volkswagen Jetta, Kyle Smallwood, 28, of Lisbon, his passenger, Erin M. Walters, 22, of Minerva, were not injured in the crash.
Harasti and Foy were both wearing helmets at the time of the crash.
Washington Township Fire and EMS, Troy Township Fire and EMS, Westside Towing, and Abers Towing responded to the scene and assisted. Two lanes of Interstate 71 were closed for about one hour after the incident.
The crash remains under investigation.