Motorcyclist dies in North Avenue crash
A motorcyclist died and his passenger was injured Thursday night after the motorcycle was struck by a sport utility vehicle at the east end of North Avenue.
Initial police-radio reports said an 18-year-old man was not breathing but had a pulse. The rider was pronounced dead at St. Mary’s Hospital, Grand Junction Police Department spokeswoman Kate Porras said. The accident was reported around 8:30 p.m.
A woman who was a passenger on the motorcycle was hospitalized with unspecified injuries, Porras said. Initial radio reports said she suffered a head injury.
Both riders were wearing helmets, Porras said.
Porras and witnesses at the scene said the motorcycle was eastbound on North Avenue and was attempting a left turn onto Interstate 70 Frontage Road, near A Storage Place, 2980 North Ave., when it was stuck by an oncoming Jeep Cherokee that was westbound on North. The Cherokee swerved at the last moment in an attempt to avoid hitting the motorcycle, Porras said.
Witnesses said the collision sent the pair on the motorcycle flying into the air.
A field of debris cluttering westbound North Avenue traffic lanes included a helmet with its visor ripped apart, along with a nearby shoe and a glove.
Alcohol and drugs were not suspected factors as of late Thursday night, Porras said, but the driver of the Cherokee is expected to provide a blood sample for chemical testing, which is standard procedure in a fatal accident.