TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) — The Broome County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a crash that caused serious injuries to a motorcycle driver Thursday morning.
According to deputies, it happened on Interstate 81 southbound just before Exit 5 to Front Street around 5:05 a.m.
Witnesses said a motorcycle was traveling at a high rate of speed when it collided with another vehicle causing the motorcyclist to lose control and crash, officials said.
The sheriff’s office said James Peart, 41, was operating a 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle when, for an unknown reason, he collided into the rear of a 2003 Honda that was traveling in the same lane.
“Peart lost control and the motorcycle overturned and skidded along the highway and into the center median coming to rest in the grassy area of the median. Peart traveled with the motorcycle and was eventually ejected off it in the grassy area as well. Peart suffered serious injuries to his facial and head area. While Peart was wearing a helmet, it was not a DOT approved helmet,” according to a news release.
Deputies said emergency medical personnel arrived on scene and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was initiated.
According to the sheriff’s office, Peart is currently in critical condition at UHS Wilson Hospital.
Officials said the operator of the Honda was not injured and his vehicle was driven from the scene.
The Harley Davidson motorcycle was towed to the Broome County Sheriff’s Office impound lot for a mechanical inspection, authorities said.
Investigators said Peart does not possess a motorcycle license, but no tickets have been issued at this time.
Officials said the Broome County Sheriff’s Office accident reconstruction team responded and took measurements at the scene to reconstruct the collision. The New York State Department of Transportation assisted at the scene. All lanes of traffic were reopened by 8 a.m.
“Sheriff Harder would like to remind motorcyclists that New York State law requires they wear a DOT approved helmet, face shield and/or goggles. Motorcyclists are encouraged to wear protective clothing as well including leather boots, long pants, a jacket and gloves,” deputies said in the news release.