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Man flees motorcycle accident

Police are searching for the injured motorcyclist
Cpl. Nick Stasi with the Durango Police Department helps Justin Akers lift an abandoned motorcycle onto Akers’ tow truck after the motorcyclist wrecked his bike at Bennet and 33rd Street then fled the scene.

Authorities are searching for a man who crashed a motorcycle at the intersection of East 33rd Street and Bennet Street on the north side of Durango, then fled the scene of the accident.

The accident was reported at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, when several witnesses at Animas City Park saw the wreck, according to Cpl. Nick Stasi with the Durango Police Department. One witness tried to follow the man, who had a noticeable head injury, then lost sight of him.

Stasi pointed out obvious signs of the occurrence.

“He was coming down (south) Bennet,” Stasi said. “You can see the skid marks, and he went up and over the handlebars and decided to leave his bike where he left it.”

Adults and children were present at the park when the accident occurred. Blood was visible on the motorcycle and on the sidewalk, where the bike remained on its side, among pieces of wreckage.

The vehicle had Arizona tags, but no local address was associated with the registered owner.

“That doesn’t mean that’s who was riding it,” Stasi said.

Stasi said officers are looking for a Hispanic or Native American male wearing blue jeans and a brown sweatshirt, bleeding from the head. As of Saturday night, the man still was at large.

“Our first concern is that he is injured,” he said. “He probably needs some kind of medical attention; it’s our first priority.”

bmathis@durangoherald.com

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