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Avon Lake council recognizes woman who provided aid to bicyclist struck by car

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AVON LAKE —Mayor Greg Zilka and Council President Martin O’Donnell on Monday presented Avon Lake resident Marcia Herwaldt with a proclamation recognizing her actions in providing immediate care to a bicyclist who was struck by a car.

“Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others,” Zilka read from the proclamation. “We praise Marcia on her compassion and bravery under dire circumstances.”

Patty Banks, 51, of Bay Village, was riding her bicycle May 15 at Lake and Moore roads when she was struck by a vehicle. After impact, Banks landed in front of Herwaldt’s vehicle. Herwaldt rushed to offer first aid to Banks, and using her nursing and EMT training, she was able to stop bleeding from Banks’ carotid artery.

“I don’t feel like I did anything special, I just did what I or anybody should have done,” Herwaldt said Monday.

The suspected driver of the vehicle that hit Banks drove away from the scene.

Police later said Allison Spoerl, 21, of Avon Lake, was the driver and that she had been arrested. Spoerl appeared in Avon Lake Municipal Court on Thursday for a preliminary hearing. She waived her right to the hearing and asked that the case to be bound over to a Lorain County grand jury.

Spoerl faces multiple charges in the case, including tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, a fifth-degree felony.

In other business, Council accepted Kendera Construction’s bid of $36,500 to demolish an old office building on 110 Moore Road. The date of the demolition hasn’t been determined, according to city Public Works Director Joseph Reitz, but the building will be used for firefighter training before it is demolished.

Contact Bruce Walton at (440) 329-7123 or bwalton@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Facebook @BWalton440 or Twitter @BruceWalton.


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