LOGAN — A teenage boy from Richmond was hospitalized Wednesday afternoon, after being involved in a motorcycle accident in Logan Canyon. The accident occurred at 2:40 p.m. on US-89 near milepost 464, near Zanavoo Lodge.
Troopers said the 17-year-old juvenile was accelerating to pass several vehicles where the road widens into two lanes, when he ran into the back of a Chrysler PT Cruiser.
Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Cade Brenchley said the man was thrown from the bike and sustained injuries to his face and a broken wrist. He was wearing a helmet and riding gear which likely saved his life.
“Wearing the helmet and the riding gear probably lessened his injuries and the helmet definitely saved his life or saved him from extremely serious injuries,” said Brenchley. “He doesn’t recall much. He stated that he remembers entering the canyon and he remembers hitting the car but that was about it.”
The teen was transported by ambulance to Logan Regional Hospital. It was originally thought he would need to be flown to another location but after doctors assessed his injuries, it was decided to keep him in Logan.
Brenchley said investigators believe speed was a factor in the accident. Witnesses reported the motorcyclist was travelling at a high rate of speed just before the crash.
“Many of the witnesses said that he was driving fairly recklessly, prior to the crash and even before making the pass. He was making some extreme dangerous passes through the canyon, weaving around cars and as soon as the passing lane opened up, he just gunned it, exhilarating pretty quickly and ended up in the back of that car.”
Troopers expected to cite the teen, pending the completion of their investigation. The driver of the PT Cruiser was uninjured.
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