Motorcyclist dies after crashing into ditch

PARIS TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- A 61-year-old man is dead after a motorcycle crash in Stark County on Tuesday evening.

The Canton Post of the Highway Patrol says Richard Scherpenisse, of Malvern, was driving a 1985 Honda motorcycle on Route 183 at the time of the accident.

Authorities say the motorcycle went off the right side of the roadway near Marvindale Street SE and struck a ditch around 7:17 p.m.

Scherpenisse, who was wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Neither alcohol nor drugs appear to be factors in the crash.


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