LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A busy Lexington intersection closed for hours on Thursday night because of a crash that injured a motorcyclist critically along with a car's passenger.
Police say a motorcycle and a car collided during rush hour just after five o'clock on Richmond Road at the intersection of Squires Road.
An unseasonably warm day brought out a few more motorcycles than usual during the winter. Some drivers commented that they don't keep a close eye out for motorcycle riders this time of year.
Police say the motorcycle rider had the right of way but was still in the wrong spot at the wrong time. A red Chevy Aveo in an inbound lane on Richmond Road, turned left onto Squires Road at a flashing yellow light. That's when police say the motorcyclist, traveling outbound on Richmond Road, did not have time to stop, t-boning the car. Anthony Simpson stopped immediately after seeing the wreckage near where he lives.
"From the looks of this car and the looks of that, I didn't think it was going to be a good chance of him surviving that," said Anthony Simpson, a motorcyclist. "But the helmet could possibly give him a better chance."
Simpson is in a motorcycle club in Lexington and knows too many people with motorcycles not to stop. And he, of course, has a motorcycle of his own.
"I planned on getting my bike out today because of the warm weather, and I knew we weren't going to get many more days like this," said Simpson. "But I had to work, so I decided not to bring it out."
He left us, saying he was going home to make sure one of his friends isn't the victim in this accident.
"I'm going to put out a text message to everybody I know and make sure everybody's good and that there isn't nobody unaccounted for," said Simpson.
The backseat passenger in the car was a six-year-old boy who police tell us was riding with his father at the time of the accident. Police say that young boy was treated at a local hospital with cuts, bruises, and a possible concussion.
Police are still investigating the crash. They have not released the names of those injured.
The intersection was closed for hours, but police were clearing the scene as of 8:30 p.m.
As of 10 p.m., police said the man riding the motorcycle was in critical but stable condition and that his injuries are now non-life threatening.