Motorcyclist in critical condition after crash |

Motorcyclist in critical condition after crash

Kurtis Rix / Amazing ImagerySouth Lake Tahoe firefighters tend to a man involved in a motorcycle crash on Emerald Bay Road on Friday morning. The man's motorcycle and an emergency vehicle are seen in the foreground.

A Sacramento man was airlifted to Reno in critical condition after he was involved in a motorcycle crash on Emerald Bay Road on Friday morning.

About 10:55 a.m., dispatchers received a report of a motorcyclist down near the intersection of Emerald Bay Road and C Street in South Lake Tahoe.

Ione resident Troy La Rue told the Tribune he was driving behind the motorcyclist when he saw the man – who was wearing a helmet – brake abruptly and fall on his side, possibly hitting his head.

Cars merging north onto Emerald Bay Road from D Street may have played a role in the crash, LaRue said.

“All of a sudden his bike locked up and he hit the deck,” LaRue said.

After the motorcyclist was thrown from the bike, LaRue got out of his vehicle and went to help the man, who was having a seizure and turning blue, LaRue said. Bystanders immediately called 911 and an El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputy was on scene shortly after the wreck.

Initial reports indicated rescuers performed CPR on the man, who was then flown to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno by CALSTAR helicopter.

Although the wreck was initially reported as a possible hit and run, police ruled out that possibility after talking to witnesses and reviewing surveillance video of the crash from the Apex Inn, said Lt. Marty Hale.

There were short skid marks from the motorcycle at the scene, but how fast he was traveling when he went down hasn’t been confirmed, Hale said.

It’s possible the motorcyclist became distracted and only saw the vehicle in front of him when it was too late, Hale said.

The name and age of the motorcyclist were not immediately available on Friday, Hale said.

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