Motorcyclist injured in Goldside wreck

A Coarsegold woman, out for a motorcycle ride on her birthday, sustained significant lacerations after she was thrown from her bike in a collision with an SUV driven by a teenager in the Goldside subdivision Friday, CHP officers said.

Jessie Durham, 32, was traveling about 25 mph eastbound on Griffin Drive when a green 1998 Dodge Durango, driven by a 17-year-old male, turned left into a driveway and she was unable to avoid crashing into its rear right side around 11:30 a.m.

Durham was thrown from her Harley Davidson motorcycle and slid face forward along the street, which caused moderate lacerations and swelling to her right leg, officers said. Her bike collided with a tree.

Durham was transported by ambulance to Kaiser Permanente Fresno Medical Center.

The teenage driver’s name will not be released given his status as a minor. Officers and friends of Durham were seen reminding him to stay aware while on the roadways.

Both the Durango and Harley Davidson did not appear to suffer major damage, and appeared drivable, though the motorcycle was towed by Budget Towing.

Investigating officer Kirk Arnold said drivers should be reminded to remain cognizant while behind the wheel, particularly when it comes to motorcycle riders.

“In this time of year, we’re going to see more motorcycles on the road as spring begins,” Arnold said. “All drivers should remain cautious, as looking once or twice may not be enough.”