RENO, NV - A Reno man was sent to Renown Medical Center for life-threatening injuries after he crashed his motorcycle Sunday night.
The Nevada Highway Patrol says it happened about 9:30PM on the offramp to North Virginia Street from US 395 near the Panther Valley area.
Minutes before the crash happened, a Washoe County sheriff's deputy says he saw the red Honda speeding south on US 395 in the North Valleys area. The deputy says he tried to overtake the motorcycle and stop him, but the motorcyclist continued to accelerate at speeds estimated at more than 100 miles per hour. Due to the safety of other motorists sharing the freeway, the deputy stopped his efforts to stop the speeding bike shortly before the collision.
When troopers arrived at the scene of the crash, roadway marks and other evidence at the scene indicated the motorcycle exited the freeway at a high rate of speed and the rider failed to negotiate a sweeping right-hand curve. The investigation indicates 24-year-old Loren O. Harper of Reno allowed the motorcycle to travel toward the left portion of the roadway edge, where the bike struck a section of guardrail. The collision with the roadside barrier threw Harper from his motorcycle, critically hurting him, and he was thrown far enough that it took emergency crews several minutes to find him.
He was transported to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno and is in stable condition.
Investigators say alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash and any charges related to this event have not been filed.
Witnesses to the event or anyone with additional information may contact the Department of Public Safety-Communication Center at (775) 687-0400 regarding case number NHP-130522487.