Motorcycle wreck sends one to ICU
A motorcycle wreck in the 2100 block of Hwy. 16 S. in Graham Sunday, Sept. 29, resulted in George Wilton Jr. being flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.
According to a press release from the Graham Police Department, Sergeant Chris Post and Officer Daniel Huerta were dispatched to the scene of a major vehicle crash involving two motorcycles leaving one rider unconscious at 8:05 p.m.
“Upon arrival, officers observed two motorcycles laid over in the roadway with two subjects laying on the ground bleeding. Both subjects were conscious at that time,” the press release reads. “It was determined that another vehicle was involved, which was (a 2018) Honda Odyssey.”
The release added that after an investigation it was determined the one contributing factor which caused the wreck was the driver of the Odyssey, Jesus Ortiz, 32 of Weinert, changed lanes when unsafe to do so.
The release states Ortiz was traveling southbound in the 2100 block of Hwy. 16 S. with passengers in the vehicle when he changed lanes into the center turn lane. The release adds Ortiz was in front of Wal-Mart and realized he could not turn into the parking lot and attempted to turn into the Dos Leones parking lot.
It adds that Ortiz failed to observe Wilton, 58 of Graham, riding a 2015 Harley Davidson motorcycle and Davie Hicks, 63 of Loving, riding a 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle which were in the inner lane of traffic.
“Hicks reported that he was able to brake (front and rear brakes,) but caused his motorcycle to fall to the ground after wobbling and sliding to where he was located by first responders,” the release reads.
Hicks stated that he observed Ortiz’ vehicle make contact with Wilton’s motorcycle, which caused the motorcycle to fall over and send Wilton sliding on the ground to where he was located.”
Hicks was transported to Graham Regional Medical Center for treatment of abrasions and possible broken bones. Oriz reported no injuries and had no signs of intoxication.
Wilton was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth where he was placed in the intensive care unit. According GPD Chief Brent Bullock, it was reported Wilton fractured his neck, ribs and wrist and has a collapsed lung and several abrasions. He is listed as critical, but stable as of Wednesday.
For the rest of the story, see the Saturday, Oct. 5 edition of The Graham Leader.