An Eagle Point motorcyclist traveling at 130 mph on Interstate 5 was seriously injured Friday when he crashed into a guard rail south of Gold Hill, police said.
Oregon State Police senior trooper Bill Matson was monitoring freeway traffic at around 10:40 a.m. near milepost 38 when his radar gun picked up a 2004 Honda CBR1000 driven by Aaron John Kuck, 20, going 130 mph, OSP Sgt. Chris Kaber said.
Knowing he couldn't keep up at that speed, Matson decided not to give chase. He radioed two other OSP troopers in the area for help.
The guy probably thought he was going to be chased, but he wasn't, Kaber said.
Matson pulled his cruiser onto the freeway and began heading north. Minutes later he saw that the motorcycle had crashed just south of Gold Hill.
— Apparently, Kuck lost control of the motorcycle when he tried to take Exit 40 to Gold Hill. He crashed the Honda into the end of a guard rail and was thrown 250 feet into a grassy area between the off-ramp and the freeway, Kaber said.
Several medically trained passers-by began treating Kuck for severe leg injuries, which Kaber described as fractures. Kuck was then taken by Mercy Flights ambulance to Rogue Valley Medical Center, where he remained late Friday in serious condition. He was cited at the hospital for reckless driving.
Kaber did not know how fast Kuck was driving when he hit the guard rail. A truck driver told OSP that Kuck's motorcycle looked like a blur as it passed his tractor-trailer before attempting to take the exit, Kaber said.