June 20, 2013GROSSE POINTE FARMS — At 5:09 p.m. Friday, June 14, a 55-year-old male motorcyclist, his head covered by a black bandana with flame design instead of a helmet, lay on his right side in a semi-fetal position next to a damaged 2012 Jaguar sedan in the intersection of Moross and Chalfonte.
Blood stained his torn left pant leg.
The 46-year-old female driver of the sedan that hit him stood watching a few feet away.
Two men in their late teens or early 20s, one wearing a No. 35 Detroit Tigers Justin Verlander jersey, tended the cyclist.
The distant sound of sirens from seven police cars and an ambulance gained in volume with their approach over the coming minutes.
The man’s blue Suzuki 1500 Intruder LC lay on the other side of the Jaguar.
Parts of the bike and shards of the car’s grill littered the pavement.
Officers and medics stabilized the man.
They put him in a neck brace, bandaged his leg and loaded him in the ambulance for a 1/2-mile ride to St. John Hospital and Medical Center.
Officers reconstructing the wreck determined the woman, of the Farms, turned left from southbound Moross to eastbound Chalfonte into the path of the cyclist, of Grosse Pointe Park, heading north on Moross.
“The woman failed to yield the right of way to the motorcycle,” said Farms Detective John Walko. “(She) said she did not see the motorcycle.”
“She was making a left-hand turn on a green light, but oncoming, straight-ahead traffic has the right of way,” said Detective Lt. Richard Rosati.
The impact knocked the man out of his left cowboy boot, found later under the bike.
He tumbled over the car’s hood, cracked the upper windshield and landed on the pavement near the northbound Moross crosswalk.
Injuries weren’t life-threatening, according to police.
“He wasn’t wearing a helmet,” Rosati said. “He’s lucky he’s alive. I know of bicyclists getting in accidents, hitting their head and dying.”