Driver charged with killing Avon Lake bicyclist on Lake Road


A 64-year-old Sheffield Lake woman is free on $100,000 bond after being arraigned Friday on charges that she struck and killed a bicyclist on Lake Road, then drove off without stopping.

Richard “Randy” Knilans, 66, of Avon Lake was 66.

Sharan A. Carr. 64, is to appear for a preliminary hearing Thursday in Avon Lake Municipal Court on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, operating a vehicle under the influence, hit-skip and not maintaining reasonable control of her car. The hearing is held to determine probable cause. Carr could waive it, sending her case to a Lorain County grand jury.

Police were called about a reckless driver on Lake Road at 7:45 p.m. June 6. Another call came in at 7:56 p.m. with a witness telling police dispatchers that a car driving west on Lake Road hit a bicyclist near the Miller Road intersection and kept going.

Police found him on a sidewalk on the north side of Lake Road. Knilans, who was hearing a helmet, was taken by helicopter to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

Minutes after the initial call, Sheffield Lake police stopped Carr, who was driving a 2011 Ford Escape on Lake Road near Maplewood Avenue. Carr was cooperative when stopped, police said.

Avon Lake police impounded the SUV, which had been damaged, said Sgt. Reed Reikowski.

Reikowski declined to say whether any alcohol or drugs were found in the SUV. He noted that one of the charges against Carr was operating a motor vehicle under the influence.

Carr’s attorney did not return a call requesting comment.

This was the second car-bicycle crash on Lake Road in Avon Lake in about three weeks. On May 15, police said Allison Spoerl, 21, hit a 51-year-old Bay Village bicyclist on Lake Road near Moore Road and drove off. The bike rider, Patty Banks, was hospitalized with serious injuries.

Spoerl was charged with assault, leaving the scene of an accident, tampering with evidence and related offenses. Her license was suspended indefinitely. On Thursday, Spoerl waived her preliminary hearing on the charges in Avon Lake Municipal Court, moving the case to a Lorain County grand jury.

The Avon Lake Police Department posted this message on its Facebook page the same day:

“Now that the warmer months are here, the Avon Lake Police Department would like to remind drivers to watch out for bicyclists and motorcycles. In addition, being attentive while driving, motorists are also reminded to give bicyclists a 3-foot safe distance at all times. Look twice, save a life.”

Contact this reporter at or 440-871-5797.

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