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Man in critical condition after being thrown from motorcycle in Taylorsville crash

TAYLORVSVILLE — A Sandy man was critically injured Thursday after colliding with a car in an intersection and being thrown from his motorcycle.

The 30-year-old man was driving west on 5400 South when he collided with a Pontiac sedan that was eastbound and attempting to turn left onto 1300 West, said Unified police detective Ken Hansen. The crash occurred shortly after 3 p.m.

The driver of the Pontiac, a woman in her 80s, suffered an ankle injury but was in fair condition, according to Hansen. The motorcycle driver was thrown into the roadway and suffered head injuries. He was not wearing a helmet, according to Hansen.

"That could have made a difference," the detective said.

The man remained in critical condition Thursday evening.

It wasn't immediately clear which driver was at fault, Hansen added. Police believe the motorcycle had the right of way but may have been traveling "at a high rate of speed," he said.

Hansen left open the possibility that both drivers could be found at fault, but said it could take two to three weeks to make any definitive findings.

The motorcycle struck the car at such a high rate of speed that it "penetrated into the vehicle quite a bit," Hansen said.

"It appears that he didn’t have the opportunity to try to stop," he said.

Accident reconstruction crews were called to investigate the scene. The crash closed 1300 West to traffic in both directions, and westbound 5400 South was also closed.