Three Arizona Motorcycle Crashes Leave Two Injured, One Dead

Three Arizona Motorcycle Crashes Leave Two Injured, One DeadOver the course of three days, three deadly motorcycle crashes across Arizona led to the death of one rider and two others to suffer from serious injuries.

According to the Arizona Republic, a Pinal County Sheriff’s deputy was among the injured motorcyclists after an accident on Monday, November 21.

According to the news source, 33-year-old Charles Gaston was transported to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center at about 7:30 a.m. after allegedly colliding with another vehicle near the intersection of Gary Road and Skyline Drive in San Tan Valley. Reports indicate Gaston was allegedly thrown from the bike, over the hood of an oncoming car.

In the accident, Gaston allegedly suffered a broken wrist and jaw, broken ribs and loss of several teeth. Although medical officials say he must remain in the hospital for several days, he is expected to make a full recovery.

Investigations by the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office found that the other vehicle in the accident, a Dodge sedan, was reportedly making a left turn and failed to yield to the oncoming motorcycle. Although the driver was cited for not yielding, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Elias Johnson says investigators do not believe impairment of drugs or alcohol to be a factor.

Just the day before, another motorcyclist was hospitalized after he was allegedly hit by another car near the campus of the University of Arizona.

According to CBS affiliate News 13, the accident occurred as the vehicle was allegedly turning onto Cherry Avenue, and pulled in front of the rider. Tucson Police Sergeant Mary Slyter told the news provider that the victim was immediately taken to University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, where he is currently listed in critical condition.

The accident comes in the wake of 11 motorcycle accidents in Tucson so far in 2011, compared to the seven deaths seen in the city in all of 2010, the news source stated.

A third accident claimed the life of one motorcycle rider near Bagdad, when the rider allegedly collided with a semi tractor trailer on State Route 96. The accident caused both lanes of traffic to come to a standstill, the Arizona Republic News reports.

Police say no further details have been released, but the investigation is ongoing.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, there were 2,735 motorcycle accidents across the state in 2010.