Defiance man critical from motorcycle crash


NEY, Ohio — A Defiance man was in critical condition Wednesday following a motorcycle crash Tuesday evening on a Defiance County road.

Joseph Kroeckel, 55, was taken to Toledo Hospital following the 7:20 p.m. crash on The Bend Road, north of Scott Road in Washington Township. His son, Jerald Kroeckel, 24, who was also riding the motorcycle, was released Wednesday after treatment at Bryan Hospital.

Troopers at the Ohio Highway Patrol's Defiance post said the motorcycle crashed after striking a chunk of concrete in the roadway and the two men were thrown. How the concrete got into the roadway was unknown, troopers said.

Neither rider was wearing a helmet, according to the report.