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Motorcyclist injured after collision with SUV

By Gheni_Platenburg
Nov. 16, 2010 at 5:16 a.m.

Firefighters Lt. Dustin Ferguson, left, and Ricky King pick up a motorcycle next to Battalion Chief Roger Hempel, right, after the motorcycle struck a Ford Explorer on Tuesday near the H-E-B store on Rio Grande Street. To see video of the accident aftermath, go to The motorcyclist was taken by ambulance to Citizens Medical Center and the driver of the Explorer was cited with failure to yield the right of way when turning left.

A man was injured when a sport utility vehicle collided with his motorcycle in the 1500 block of East Rio Grande Street on Tuesday afternoon.

About 4:30 p.m., a gold Ford Explorer, driven by Victoria resident Jorge Cavazos, entered the center turn lane on Rio Grande Street after exiting the H-E-B grocery parking lot.

Cavazos, 58, was attempting to turn left into the Jack in the Box parking lot when he hit the motorcycle, which was traveling west on Rio Grande Street in the center lane.

The motorcycle collided with the Explorer's right front panel.

The motorcyclist, whose name and hometown was unknown, was taken to Citizens Medical Center with unknown injuries, however Victoria police officer Travis Hanson said the man was conscious before he was taken to the hospital.

The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet. Cavazos and his woman passenger were wearing seatbelts and were uninjured, the officer said.

Cavazos was ticketed for failure to yield the right of way turning left, Hanson said.



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