Editor's note: Friends' comments and discussion board chat says the pair were stunt riding. Watch a YouTube video on motorcycle stunting here.
YOUNGSTOWN — The motorcycle riders who died Sunday on Ohio Works Drive have been identified as Matthew A. Tynal, 19, of McCollum Road and Brent Earles, 19, of Queens Lane, Canfield, said Detective Sgt. Rob Deichman, an accident investigator.
Deichman said it appears the two were street racing and collided when Tynal attempted to turn left at Sinter Drive and was struck by Earles, who tried to go around Tynal. The crash was reported around 5:50 p.m. Sunday.
Kelly Bako, 24, and Matt Rohrbaugh, 22, two friends of Tynal, were at the scene of the double fatal this morning. Bako laid red and yellow roses near a section of scorched grass that ignited with fire from their friend’s motorcycle.
Rohrbaugh and Bako, both of Austintown, said Tynal, whom they called “Tylenol,” was not street racing. They said it was stunt riding, which is also illegal.
Rohrbaugh said their group — SWAT, Stunting With Absolute Truth — has rigid rules that prohibit more than one rider at a time on the stretch of roadway used for stunts such a wheelies. He said a witness told them that Tynal set the front end of his bike down, not knowing where Earles was on the roadway, and was hit broadside.
Tynal “died doing what he loved to do,” Bako and Rohrbaugh said.