JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A motorcyclist was critically injured Monday morning in a crash with an SUV in the New Town area, police said.
The crash was reported about 7:30 a.m. at Beaver and Rushing streets. Police said the man driving the motorcycle suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital, where he was in critical condition at last check.
Police said the motorcyclist, whose name has not been released, did not appear to be wearing a helmet.
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Sgt. Chad Moody said the crash is a reminder to all drivers and riders the importance of being safe on the road, and to always protect yourself.
“Clearly, any bit of protection you can have is important," Moody said. "It’s hard to say what injuries may have been prevented, but it certainly would have helped.”
Investigators are working to determine who was at fault in the crash. The driver of the SUV remained at the scene and was cooperating with the investigation.
A woman at the scene said her two grandchildren were in the back seat of the SUV and her daughter was driving the vehicle and had just left her home to take the children to day care. The woman said they are all safe.
Police said the motorcyclist was the only one taken to a hospital.
All lanes of West Beaver Street were closed for about four hours from Tyler Street to North Myrtle Avenue, but reopened about 11:30 a.m., according to police.