East Sparta, Massillon men killed in separate motorcycle weekend crashes


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Two men were killed in a pair of separate motorcycle crashes over the weekend in Stark County.


Early Sunday morning, the Canton Police Department responded to 15th St NE and Plain Ave NE for reports of an accident involving a truck and a motorcycle.

According to police chief John Gabbard, a 2021 Kawasaki motorcycle, operated by Jacob R. Poole, 27, of East Sparta was traveling south on Plain Ave NE when it struck the side of a 2011 Ford F-150 that was traveling west on 15th St NE.

Poole was ejected from the motorcycle and transported to Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was not wearing a helmet, according to police.

The driver of the truck was not injured. The crash remains under investigation.


The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a two-vehicle crash that killed a 70-year-old man Saturday afternoon in Canton Township.

According to OSHP, the crash occurred at the intersection of Dueber Ave SW and Fohl Road SW.

James V. Horsley, 70, of Massillon was operating a 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle, heading south on Dueber Ave SW. Reports show that a car, driven by Michael W. Poland, 45, of Canton, was heading northbound of Dueber.

Investigations show that Poland attempted to turn left onto Fohl Road SW and entered the southbound lane of Dueber Ave SW where Horsley was traveling on his motorcycle. He attempted to apply his brakes in an attempt to avoid the collision with the car, but he became separated from the motorcycle and struck the car.

Horsley was transported to Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

No alcohol or drugs were factors in this crash. The motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet. The driver and passengers of the Hyundai did not sustain any injuries.