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Zombro remembered as a stand-up friend

June 14, 2011|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
  • Eric Ty Zombro and Melody Zombro
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Karen Corun spent a good portion of her time Tuesday writing a eulogy for her brother.

Eric “Ty” Zombro, 55, of Williamsport, died Sunday night when his motorcycle crashed on Frederick Street in Hagerstown.

“It was horrifying, and I guess I just cried,” Corun said of her reaction when she heard about the crash. “I’ve never had a loss in an accident. You have to pick yourself up and do what a family does.”

To make matters worse, Eric Zombro’s wife, Melody Zombro, was riding on the back of the motorcycle. She was listed in critical condition Tuesday at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, a hospital spokeswoman said.

A Baltimore resident, Corun said she raced to the shock trauma center to meet the helicopter that delivered Melody Zombro’s battered body.

Corun said Melody Zombro, 50, had surgery Monday to remedy pelvic injuries that she sustained in the accident. Melody Zombro is expected to recover, but not before she finishes several months of physical therapy, Corun said.

Melody Zombro’s son, Brandon, is staying with his mother in the hospital to support her recovery.

“He is being so strong,” Corun said of Brandon. “I know Ty is so proud of him.”

Corun said her brother relished being a husband, a father and a grandfather to his 3-year-old granddaughter, Kynzee. He also loved taking his 1969 Camaro Z28 to car shows and riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

“He was always a gearhead,” said Tim Fraker, a 30-year friend of Eric Zombro. “He was a good guy. He had a good family and a lot of friends.”

Fraker said he started riding motorcycles with Eric Zombro about three years ago and remembered his friend as being a safe rider at all times.

Eric Zombro was a hard worker who would come home from his job as a driver for UPS and start working at the lawn-care business he operated on the side.

“He was a stand-up friend,” Fraker said. “It’s tough. I just want to be there for his wife and his son and his granddaughter. I love him, and I miss him. (The Zombros) need thoughts and prayers to get through this. Mel’s got a long road to recovery.”

Funkstown Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. said Eric Zombro was so well-liked that the Funkstown Town Council shared a moment of silence during its Monday night meeting to recognize him.

“We just thought it was appropriate,” Crampton said. “I was just totally shocked. I couldn’t believe something like that happened.”

Crampton said he met Eric Zombro about five years ago. The two quickly became friends and often rode their motorcycles together.

“He was a great individual,” Crampton said. “He’d do anything for anybody. He was a good rider. It was just an unfortunate accident.”

The crash occurred at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, when the Zombros’ motorcycle collided with a Nissan Altima that pulled out of a parking lot in the 700 block of Frederick Street near Claude M. Potterfield Pool, the Hagerstown Police Department said. The Zombros were thrown from the motorcycle when it collided with the rear of the car.

Police said Eric Zombro was pronounced dead at Meritus Medical Center. Melody Zombro was taken to Meritus then flown to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

The driver of the Nissan, Kaitlin Jones of Frederick, Md., and her passengers were not injured.

Hagerstown Police Chief Arthur Smith said no charges had been filed as of Tuesday.

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