Medflight Called To Motorcycle Crash

by Kim Tewalt on May 12, 2011 at 9:49 am

One person was taken by medical helicopter following a motorcycle accident Thursday afternoon.

Trooper Jeff Fowler from the Zanesville Post of the State Highway Patrol says a Suzuki motorcycle driven by 43-year-old Kevin Patterson of Zanesville was northbound on State Route 60 around 4:30, when a 2001 maroon Dodge Ram, traveling south, failed to yield while attempting to turn left onto Cutler Lake Road. Patterson struck the pickup truck, was ejected, and hit a guardrail.

"The driver of the motorcycle has extensive injuries. He was flown by Medflight to OSU Medical Center." says Trooper Fowler.

In order for Medflight to land safely, Patterson was driven by Community Ambulance to a nearby baseball field in Duncan Falls. He was not believed to be wearing a helmet, and the bloody jeans and socks left at the scene are a reminder to drivers to look twice for motorcycles.

"Motorcycles are a little harder to see, so people just need to take an extra second to make sure there’s not anyone in front of them before they make any turns."

The driver of the truck 44-year-old Norsuda Hoppstatter Junior of Philo and his child passengers were not injured in the crash. Trooper Fowler says Hoppstatter will be cited with failure to yield. Other citations are pending following further investigation. A field sobriety test was conducted, but neither alcohol or speeding is believed to be a factor in the wreck.

Fowler says Patterson is in critical, but non-life-threatening condition.

Traffic was backed up on State Route 60 and Cutler Lake Road for about an hour while crews worked to clear the scene..