Motorcyclist critically hurt in collision

Photo by Mike Wiggins—A Grand Junction Police Officer investigates an accident Sunday at 12th Street and Ute Avenue, where a Kia Rio and a motorcycle collided, sending the motorcyclist to St. Mary’s Hospital and closing the intersection for several hours.

A 19-year-old Grand Junction man was critically injured Sunday afternoon after the motorcycle he was riding collided with a passenger car at 12th Street and Ute Avenue, Grand Junction police said.

The accident happened around 4:50 p.m. when a Kia Rio driven by a 41-year-old Grand Junction woman southbound on 12th collided with the motorcycle, which was westbound on Ute.

Police said the man suffered serious injury and was rushed to St. Mary’s Hospital. There was no word on his condition Sunday night. The woman was taken to St. Mary’s with minor injuries, police said. Neither of their names was released.

Cpl. Tyler Simonson said the cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Witnesses said the rear tire of the motorcycle broke the rear driver’s side window of the Kia, lodged in the car and had to be pulled out, Cmdr. Paul Quimby said.

Both the Kia and the motorcycle came to rest near the base of a traffic signal at the southwest corner of the intersection. The impact crumpled the front of the Kia and scattered debris across the intersection. A single Converse sneaker was lying in a landscaping strip about 50 feet away from the vehicles, while a pair of sunglasses was in the gutter on the north side of Ute.

The crash closed the intersection of 12th and Ute for several hours Sunday evening.


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