Originally Published: September 20, 2018 1:35 p.m.
A man who attempted to ride a motorcycle through a Chino Valley roundabout at a dangerously-high speed was flown to Flagstaff Medical Center with life-threatening injuries Wednesday night, Sept. 19.
The crash occurred at about 7:30 p.m. at the roundabout intersection of Highway 89 and Kalinich Avenue (near the southern boundary of Chino Valley), according to a Chino Valley Police Department news release.
When emergency personnel arrived on scene, they found a black 2006 Kawasaki motorcycle and a man lying on the inside apron of the roundabout. The man, 46-year-old Brian Goe of Prescott, was showing signs of serious injuries, police reported.
Officers began treating Goe and quickly smelled a “very strong odor of alcohol coming from him,” according to the news release. Paramedics with Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority and Life Line Ambulance decided Goe should be transported by helicopter to Flagstaff for further treatment.
Witnesses told police Goe was traveling well above the posted 45 mph speed limit, with some estimating he reached speeds of about 80 mph or more as he passed them on the highway.
Just before entering the roundabout heading south on Highway 89, Goe struck the curb and left the roadway on the west side, a police investigation found. He reentered the roadway before his bike overturned and began sliding across both lanes of travel, striking the curb on the east side. Goe then slid across the inner lane of the roundabout and came to rest on the apron next to his bike.
The last update police received on Goe was that while he suffered serious injuries, including fractures to his spine, he is expected to survive.
“Goe was wearing a helmet and other riding safety gear, which is likely the reason he is still alive,” CVPD spokesperson Vincent Schaan said.
One lane of southbound Highway 89 was closed while police investigated the crash, which continued into the early Thursday morning, Sept. 20, Schaan said.