Coal Township man seriously injured in motorcycle crash
COAL TOWNSHIP - A Coal Township man suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle crash just after midnight Tuesday near the intersection of State and Jackson streets.
Coal Township police reported Ariel Parker, 26, of 1504 W. Lynn St., was flown by MedEvac helicopter to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, where he was listed Tuesday morning in serious condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
Police said Parker was driving a 1996 Suzuki motorcycle east on State Street at 12:09 a.m. when it continued across the intersection of Jackson Street for no apparent reason and crashed into a wooden fence.
Parker was ejected from his motorcycle and may have lost his helmet in the crash.
A witness who was driving south on Jackson near State Street saw the motorcycle travel through the intersection before hitting the fence at the home of Coal Township Commissioner Bernie Rumberger. The witness, who wished not to be identified, said the cyclist was wearing a helmet when he went through the intersection, but was not wearing it when he checked on his condition.
"I don't know what happened to the helmet," he said. "I rolled him over. He was bleeding from the mouth and nose, but was breathing."
Parker was treated at the scene by personnel from AREA Services Ambulance before being transported by ambulance to the teacher parking lot at Shamokin Area Middle/High School, where a MedEvac helicopter landed and flew him to Geisinger.
Patrolman Joshua Wynn reported the accident remains under investigation with charges pending.