By STACY MILLBERG

Staff Writer

smillberg@starbeacon.com



HUNTSBURG TOWNSHIP -- An Ashtabula County motorcyclist was killed after striking an Amish buggy late Thursday night.

The crash occurred just inside the Geauga County line. The Amish buggy, driven by Robert J. Leslein, 32, of Huntsburg Township, was westbound on Route 322, with seven other passengers in the vehicle, said Dispatcher Lynette McCaffrey of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Philip Rigdon, 48, of Windsor, also was westbound on Route 322 traveling behind the buggy on a 2004 Polaris Victory motorcycle. Rigdon lost control of his vehicle sliding into the back of the buggy. He was ejected from the motorcycle, McCaffrey said.

Rigdon was pronounced dead on the scene.

Leslein was transported by Medivac helicopter to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown. The seven other occupants of the buggy were all transported by ambulance to UHHS Geauga Regional Hospital, McCaffrey said.

The crash remains under investigation by OHP. No further information was available.

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