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Man injured in motorcycle wreck
Sep 9, 2013 - From staff reports
A 48-year-old Riverton man suffered serious injuries Aug. 24 after wrecking his Harley Davidson motorcycle east of Pavillion.
Michael Starks was found unconscious floating in a water-filled ditch immediately after the crash, according to reports. He was rescued by friends who happened to be following him back from Pavillion to Riverton on county roads.
The Riverton couple following Starks said they were about three-eighths of a mile behind him when he crashed in the 200 block of Williams Road. Officials said Starks was traveling too fast to negotiate a curve in the road.
"It appears (he) had to lay the bike over in an attempt to avoid running off the roadway," Undersheriff Ryan Lee said in a press release.
Starks reportedly stayed with the bike while it skidded about 110 feet down the road. He then was ejected from the motorcycle and thrown another 40 feet into the nearby ditch.
Witnesses said a "huge dust cloud" covered the scene of the crash, making it difficult to locate Starks right away. When he was found, he reportedly was floating face down in the ditch, which was filled with 3 or 4 feet of water. His friends held his head above water while they waited for first responders to arrive and transport Starks to Riverton Memorial Hospital. He later was airlifted to Denver.
Officials said alcohol was not a factor in the crash. Starks reportedly was not wearing a helmet.