Area motorcyclist dies in crash


PERRYSBURG — The Bowling Green Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred on Interstate 75 in Perrysburg Township.

The crash occurred Thursday at approximately 11:38 p.m.

Aaron D. Gardner, 21, of West Millgrove, was operating a 2024 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle southbound on I-75 near milepost 189 in the left lane. Gardner accelerated at a high rate of speed and lost control. He then traveled into the right lane and struck the rear of a 1997 Peterbuilt commercial tractor/trailer outfit operated by 64-year-old Albert G. Woodley of Farmington Hills, Michigan.

Gardner was thrown from the motorcycle and was struck by a 2018 Subaru Impreza operated by Jillian C. Trombley, 19, of Perrysburg.

Gardner was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was wearing a helmet and protective gear at the time of the crash.

Alcohol or drug impairment does not appear to be a factor.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by Perrysburg Township Police Department, Perrysburg Township Fire and EMS, Wood County Coroner’s Office and Ray’s Service Center and Towing.

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