Biker critically injured in wreck

The rider was ejected from his motorcycle and hit a crossing signal after he lost control.

Published August 22, 2006

LARGO - A 31-year-old man was critically injured in an early-morning motorcycle accident Monday that closed S Clearwater-Largo Road for more than five hours, police said.

The cyclist, whose name was not released because his family was out of state and had not been notified, lost his right leg and left arm after he hit a pedestrian crossing signal, said Largo police Officer Paula Crosby.

The man was driving south just before 4 a.m. when he hit the curb and lost control of the motorcycle near Mildred Helms Elementary School in the 500 block of S Clearwater-Largo Road, Crosby said.

The man, who was not wearing a helmet, was ejected and hit a pedestrian crossing signal while the motorcycle traveled 600 feet further, Crosby said. Officers were investigating whether alcohol played any role in the accident. No other vehicles were involved.

The man was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg in critical condition, police Chief Lester Aradi said.

Crosby said the road re-opened to traffic about 9:30 a.m.