A 20-year-old motorcyclist who was traveling at about 40 mph before crashing into the back of a stopped minivan Tuesday morning in Meridian appears to have escaped serious injury, a police spokesman said.
The man was taken to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise for treatment. He was wearing a full-face helmet, a snowboarding jacket and leather gloves, and Meridian Police Officer Will Stoy says “The reason he doesn’t have any serious injuries is because he was wearing good riding gear.”
“I talked to him at the hospital,” Stoy said. “He seemed OK. His abdomen is sore, and his right wrist. He didn’t suffer any head injuries.”
A 48-year-old Meridian woman was at the wheel of the minivan, and there were three children in the van. They were covered in flying glass, but none were injured, Stoy said.
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The motorcyclist was cited for misdemeanor inattentive driving.
“He never slowed down,” said Stoy, who saw the motorcyclist pass by shortly before the 7:24 a.m. collision in the northbound lanes of Eagle Road north of East Goldstone Drive. Stoy didn’t see the crash but he heard it and responded to render aid.
The motorcyclist was traveling north in the right lane of Eagle Road, police said. The Toyota Sienna minivan was stopped in the right lane due to traffic backed up from the light at Overland Road.
Stoy estimated the motorcycle was traveling at about the posted speed limit of 40 mph.
When Stoy arrived at the crash scene, he found the motorcyclist lying on his back inside the rear of the van. The man was conscious and talking.
“He was in pain, a little confused,” Stoy said. “He remembers riding his motorcycle, and then all the sudden he’s in the back of the minivan.”
Stoy said the motorcyclist finished rider’s training about two months ago, and the Kawasaki Ninja 300 was his first bike. The officer encourages motorcyclists to get ongoing training.