WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah, July 10, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A motorcyclist transported to the hospital Monday evening after colliding with a car, which police say turned in front of him, is still recovering in an Intensive Care Unit, his sister said.
Lt. Justin Wyckoff, West Valley City Police Department, said the accident occurred at about 5:46 p.m. at the intersection of 3600 West and 4100 South.
Both vehicles had a green light, but the westbound motorcyclist had the right of way, Wyckoff told Gephardt Daily.
A 30-year-old woman driving a car west was making a left-hand turn to go south on 3600 West and said she didn’t see the motorcycle.
The impact of the bike striking the car threw the rider several feet from the motorcycle, Wyckoff said and he was transported to the hospital.
The rider’s sister, Katie Bevan, wrote on a GoFundMe page set up to benefit her brother:
“He is currently in the ICU shock trauma unit. His most immediate injuries include lacerated spleen, broken fingers, eight broken ribs, lung bruising, road rash, swelling and bruising.
“Medical staff is keeping a very close eye on him and are ready to operate on his spleen. He has already had reconstructive surgery to put his hand back together. Wednesday morning, our plan is to plate the broken ribs to stabilize them through his recovery. He has a very long road to recovery ahead of him. We are beyond grateful that he was wearing a helmet.”
She added: “We have started a GoFundMe page as he had just started a new job and won’t be able to work for some time.”
The driver of the car suffered minor injuries as her airbags deployed. She was transported to Jordan Valley Hospital.
Wyckoff said police are investigating to determine if impairment or distracted driving were factors in the crash.
Gephardt Daily will update this developing story as more information becomes known.