Motorcyclist critically injured in crash in Richmond
TOWN OF RICHMOND--A 25-year-old Watertown man was hospitalized with critical injuries in a motorcycle versus car accident on Wisconsin Highway 89 in the town of Richmond Thursday afternoon, according to a news release from the Walworth County Sheriff's Office.
Jordan R. Vick, 25, of Watertown, suffered critical injuries when his cycle hit a car driven by Evan M. Welter, 18, of Whitewater, that had stopped in the road.
According to the release, Walworth County deputies responded to a 911 call of an accident at 4:41 p.m. Thursday on Wisconsin 89, about one half mile north of Lake Lorraine Road in the town of Richmond.
A preliminary investigation at the scene revealed that both the car and the motorcycle were traveling northbound on Wisconsin 89. Welter, driving a 2002 Honda Civic, was stopped, waiting for another vehicle in front of him to turn left into a driveway. Vick, driving a 2009 Yamaha motorcycle, apparently failed to recognize that the traffic in front of him was slowing.
Vick crossed the center line in an attempt to avoid hitting the Civic, but the oncoming southbound traffic forced him back into the northbound lane. His motorcycle slid on its side and rolled, throwing Vick into the Civic.
Vick was not wearing a motorcycle helmet and suffered critical injuries. He was transported by ground ambulance to a Janesville-area hospital with critical injuries. His condition is not known at this time.
The Walworth County Crash Investigation Unit was summoned to the scene and the road was shut down for a few hours. The crash remains under investigation.
The Walworth County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Whitewater Fire and Rescue, as well as paramedics from Fort Atkinson.