Motorcyclist's foot severed in collision near Fresno State

The Fresno BeeApril 30, 2014 

A motorcycle rider suffered a severed foot when he was catapulted from his bike in a head-on collision Wednesday near Fresno State, police said.

According to Fresno Police Lt. Joe Gomez, officers arrived at the Cedar Avenue and Bulldog Lane intersection about 3:30 p.m. to find a 49-year-old Fresno man laying on the curb with major injuries.

Police said the motorcycle rider was heading south on Cedar Avenue on a 2010 Harley Davidson when the traffic signal at Bulldog Lane turned green. He accelerated into the intersection and was struck by a 2008 Dodge Avenger driven by a 22-year-old Fresno man who was attempting to make a U-turn at the intersection. Officers concluded the driver of the car didn't see the motorcycle coming.

The collision forced the motorcycle to a curb, catapulting the rider off the bike, across a sidewalk and into a metal bus shelter, police said. The motorcycle rider was rushed to Community Regional Medical Center, where he was listed in critical but stable condition. In addition to the severed left foot, he sustained a broken right arm, broken ribs and a collapsed lung. The Dodge driver was not injured.

An investigation into the crash is continuing. Police said it didn't appear alcohol or drugs played a role.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441- 6015 or at rappleton@fresnobee.com.

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