Dangerous weekend for motorcycles

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Motorcycles have taken to the streets and country roads with the onset of warm weather, leading to three accidents with injuries over the weekend.

A passenger who was riding a 2007 Suzuki remained in critical condition as of Monday at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., and the driver is in good condition after a collision with a pickup truck.

This incident occurred at about 4:20 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Virginia 608, according to a Virginia State Police report from Trooper Dean Horton.

The accident happened when Daniel Joel Dutkiewicz, 31, of Woodlawn attempted to cross the parkway on Virginia 608 heading south.

Dutkiewicz's 2002 Ford Ranger struck the motorcycle, operated by Mark Stephen Spraker of Draper, which was heading in the direction of Mabry Mill.

The collision knocked Spraker and passenger Patricia Gallimore to the ground.

As a result, Spraker had a severe leg trauma.

Both he and Gallimore were transported by emergency services personnel to Gladesboro School, where helicopters from Aircare and Medflight flew them to Baptist Medical Center.

At the time of the accident, both Spraker and Gallimore were wearing helmets and bright reflective vests while riding.

Horton charged Dutkiewicz with reckless driving.

A single-vehicle motorcycle accident occurred at about 3:40 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Edgewood and Main Street in Hillsville.

Involved was Bob Martin, who was riding a 1996 Kawasaki Vulcan motorcycle, according to an accident report from the Hillsville Police Department. Martin failed to negotiate a turn after the stop sign on Edgewood, hit the curb and was thrown off the vehicle.

Martin was wearing a helmet at the time.

Taken to Twin County Regional Hospital, Martin was transferred to Baptist Medical Center, where he remained in good condition Monday.

On Friday, a Marion man was seriously injured when his motorcycle collided with a car in the Whitetop area of Grayson County.

State Trooper Cameron Keesling said the accident occurred about 2:30 p.m. on U.S. 58 near the intersection of Old Park Road.

Keesling said a 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle, driven by Kenneth Glenn Hash, 55, was traveling west on U.S. 58 when it struck a 1999 Ford Escort, driven by Jimmie Ray Baldwin, 65, of Lansing, N.C., which was traveling east.

According to Keesling, Baldwin apparently attempted to make a left turn into a convenience store parking lot in front of the motorcycle.

Hash was flown to Johnson City (Tenn.) Medical Center where his condition was listed as good on Monday. He reportedly suffered a broken ankle, broken wrist and other injuries.

Baldwin was charged with failing to yield the right-of-way.

Keesling estimated damage at $2,000 to the Escort and $5,000 to the motorcycle.