Woman charged in Avon Lake hit/skip that seriously injured Bay Village cyclist


A 21-year-old Avon Lake woman is to appear in Avon Lake Municipal Court on June 6 after being arrested Friday for hitting a Bay Village woman riding her bicycle on Lake Road near the intersection with Moore Road and driving off without stopping.

Allison Spoerl face charges of reckless operation, failure to yield, leaving the scene of an accident, assault, obstruction of official business, tampering with evidence and possession of criminal tools. She was released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond after being arrested and arraigned Friday. Her driver’s license was suspended indefinitely and she turned it over to court officials. She was questioned by police late Thursday and turned herself in Friday, police said.

A 51-year-old bicyclist was taken by helicopter to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland in critical condition after the accident, which occurred at 4 p.m. Wednesday. She was in fair condition Friday night. Police have declined to identify the woman at the family’s request.

Police said they recovered the 2017 dark gray four-door Ford hatchback Spoerl was driving after several people called them, they said. The car had front end and windshield damage and was recovered at a body shop in Avon, police said. Witnesses told police the Ford was westbound on Lake Road, then made a sharp turn onto Moore Road, going left of center. The car hit the bicyclist, who was eastbound on Lake. Police posted video from various traffic cameras of the car on social media asking the public for help identifying the car and driver.

Spoerl was alone in the car when the accident occurred. The Ford sustained significant damage, said Sgt. Reed Reikowski of the Avon Lake Police Department.

Police are still investigating but don’t believe anyone else was involved. The department has not had any prior contact with Spoerl, Reikowski said.

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