Car crosses center line, kills two from Ohio

Posted: Thursday, July 10, 2003

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) A car crossed a double yellow line and crashed into three motorcyclists from Ohio, killing two and injuring one, authorities said.

Alaska State Troopers said the three were part of a group of six motorcycles traveling about 100 miles of Anchorage when a car driven by Ben Shimbo, 73, of Kirkland, Wash., crossed the centerline on Wednesday.

The car hit the first motorcycle head-on and either sideswiped or T-boned the next two, troopers said.

Troopers said Shimbo may have fallen asleep.

Tim Boyce, 56, of Ashtabula, died at the scene. Greg Keyes, 56, of Mentor, was flown to an Anchorage hospital and declared dead on arrival.

Biagio ''Ben'' Tamaro, 61, of Willoughby Hills, was taken to Valley Hospital in Palmer, where he was treated and released.

Shimbo and his wife, Etsu, 64, were taken to Valley Hospital. Their injuries were not life-threatening, troopers said.

Boyce and Keyes were retired from the Mentor Fire Department. Keyes was a part-time officer with the Willoughby Hills and Mayfield Village police departments.

Mentor Fire Chief Richard Harvey described Boyce and Keyes as talented and dedicated firefighters.

''The kind of people you want to show up when you have a problem,'' Harvey said.

He said they had driven their motorcycles from Ohio to Alaska. Keyes had traveled to 48 states by motorcycle and Alaska was his 49th state.

The other motorcyclists in the party were Joe Halsey, 40, of Mentor, Thomas Lucas, 51, of Willoughby, and Dwayne Haavisto, whose age and hometown were not listed.

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