MOTORCYCLIST TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AFTER CONWAY CRASH

by Christian Mower on August 24, 2012

CONWAY POLICE SAY A 52-YEAR-OLD CONWAY MAN WAS TAKEN TO MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IN NORTH CONWAY FRIDAY MORNING AFTER HE CRASHED THE MOTORCYCLE HE WAS RIDING NEAR BANNERS RESTAURANT ON ROUTE 16 IN CONWAY.

LT. CHRIS PERLEY SAYS HIS OFFICERS AND CONWAY FIRE AND RESCUE RESPONDED TO THE SCENE AROUND 9:30 A.M.
PERLEY SAYS THE INITIAL INVESTIGATION INDICATED A DRIVER FROM SOUTH CAROLINA WAS DRIVING A BLACK AUDI STATION WAGON WAS SOUTHBOUND ON ROUTE 16 AND TURNED LEFT INTO THE BANNERS PARKING LOT IN FRONT OF PHILIP MURPHY OF 654 MAIN ST., CONWAY VILLAGE, WHO WAS NORTHBOUND ON A MOTORCYLE. MURPHY COLLIDED WITH THE CAR, BECAME DISLODGED AFTER THE IMPACT AND AND SUFFERED A HEAD INJURY AND CUTS AFTER HE HIT THE ROADWAY.

PERLEY SAYS MURPHY LOST CONSCIOUSNESS BUT WAS CONSCIOUS AND ALERT WHILE BEING LOADED INTO THE AMBULANCE.

MURPHY WAS NOT WEARING A HELMET AT THE TIME OF THE CRASH AND HIS CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN.

PERLEY SAYS HIS DEPARTMENT URGES MOTORCYCLISTS TO DRIVE DEFENSIVELY – PARTICULARLY DURING PERIODS OF HEAVY TRAFFIC IN TOWN – AND TO ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET WHEN RIDING.