Motorcyclist crashes before dawn, lays injured alone for hours

WASHINGTON CITY — A motorcyclist missed a right-angle turn and crashed into a field before dawn Saturday and lay there injured for over four hours before a passerby saw him and called for help.

The turn from Washington Fields Road to Warner Valley Road. The rider was riding from the left and missed the turn coming toward the fire engine. Washington, Utah, April 16, 2016 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News
This photo was taken on Washington Fields Road looking south toward Warner Valley Road, which connects with it at an approximate right-angle. A motorcyclist failed to make the right turn off of Warner Valley Road onto Washington Fields Road Saturday morning and ended up in a field shown to the far right of this photo near where the firetruck is parked. Washington, Utah, April 16, 2016 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

The rider, a man in his early 20s, was headed west on Warner Valley Road in Washington, just past state Route 7  (Southern Parkway), when he failed to make a right turn onto Washington Fields Road.

“For unknown reasons (he) failed to negotiate the turn, went off, struck the ditch, a fence, (which) threw him off the motorcycle,” Washington City Police spokesman Ed Kantor said. “He was discovered by a passerby about 8:30 (in the morning).”

Washington City Police and Fire departments responded to his aid as well as Gold Cross Ambulance.

After medical evaluation, the man was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George.

A motorcycle lays in a field after being wrecked Saturday morning. The rider lay in the field for over four hours before being discovered. Washington, Utah, April 16, 2016 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News
A motorcycle lays in a field after being wrecked Saturday morning. The rider lay in the field for over four hours before being discovered. Washington, Utah, April 16, 2016 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

“He was transported for injuries associated with hitting the ground,” Kantor said, “but he was conscious, breathing and alert when they transported him.”

The rider was not wearing a helmet, he said.

No citations had been issued and no enforcement action taken, Kantor said, as the accident remained under investigation.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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18 Comments

  • ladybugavenger April 16, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    No citation necessary. I know you all can come up with at least 3 violations but it’s not necessary. Quality policing over quantity of citations.

  • RealMcCoy April 16, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Failure to maintain his lane? Vehicle goes off the road into a ditch? Taking out a fence? These are citations they LOVE to give!
    Bonus citation- he was in the ditch for 4 hours. You can add LOITERING to the list of offenses.

    • mesaman April 16, 2016 at 5:04 pm

      I was thinking unlawful assembly (of one), or illegal trespassing, maybe animal endangerment (there could have been some of nature’s beasties in that field).

      • RealMcCoy April 18, 2016 at 11:06 am

        They could always make a law mandating helmets, then charge him for not wearing one.

    • debbie April 16, 2016 at 5:47 pm

      Lol.. Notfunnybut it sorta was..

    • .... April 16, 2016 at 7:22 pm

      Well this is typical here with people like you driving around here. .so what you going to do keyboard tough guy when they don’t issue any citations ? H.A.V.E a nice day hiding behind YORE keyboard tough guy. Oh btw LOL !

      • RealMcCoy April 18, 2016 at 11:10 am

        For someone that only uses dots for a name, you sure don’t know how to use periods.
        I like that you use the same old comment over and over too. YOU’RE a one-hit wonder on jokes, but a serial offender on YOUR typos.
        Keep up the (not so great) work!

  • .... April 17, 2016 at 5:34 am

    It’s sickening that an article about an individual who is hurt and was involved in an accident that could of taken his life. has to be followed up by ignorant and disgusting comments

    • RealMcCoy April 18, 2016 at 11:04 am

      So it sounds like this was one of YOUR friends? YOU’RE not usually trying to be the nice guy on these boards.
      By the way, you missed your period.
      You can read that both ways. ‘LOL’

  • Common Sense April 17, 2016 at 7:42 am

    You would think this guy has made this turn before….it’s a sharp turn. I am sorry he layed out for four hours before help arrived. He is obviously not very smart in the first place….no helmet…..not slowing down for a sharp turn he most likely has taken before. Perhaps in the future he will make better choices.

  • old school April 17, 2016 at 10:17 am

    I don’t suppose drugs or alcohol were a factor?

  • Brendon April 18, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    As I read these comments I can’t help but to wonder where we went wrong. Hopefully the guy is OK. I wish him a speedy recovery.

    • RealMcCoy April 19, 2016 at 2:46 pm

      ‘Speedy’ was his problem to begin with though…

  • Jimmym April 18, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    For the sake of freedom, I would hope our legislators never mandate the use of helmets. However, I sure couldn’t imagine ever riding without one – and wonder why others choose to.

    I hope this young man is alright, and that he chooses to protect his noggin’ in the future.

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