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ASU sophomore crashes motorcycle on bridge

 by Emma Breysse
 published on Wednesday, February 13, 2008

<b>TOTALED:</b> ASU student Zachary Thornley’s bike is seen here, pinned in between the car it struck and the guard rail at the Rural Road bridge in Tempe Tuesday afternoon.  /issues/news/703621
Deanna Dent / THE STATE PRESS
TOTALED: ASU student Zachary Thornley’s bike is seen here, pinned in between the car it struck and the guard rail at the Rural Road bridge in Tempe Tuesday afternoon.
 

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A trip home between classes turned into a trip to the hospital for one ASU student Tuesday.

Zachary Thornley, a political science sophomore, was involved in an accident on Rural Road on the bridge over Tempe Town Lake, just south of state Route 202 while riding his motorcycle home with a friend, who was on his own motorcycle.

Preston White, a business management sophomore, had just separated from Thornley to get on the 202 West when he witnessed his friend's accident.

White said a car blocked Thornley's view of a disabled vehicle in a curb lane until it was too late to brake safely.

"He moved over to the middle, hit his brakes, slid and tumbled," White said.
Thornley fell off his bike, which then slid into the back bumper of the disabled vehicle, said Cindy Davies, a Tempe Police spokeswoman.

Officer Tyler Watkins of the Tempe Police Department was on the scene.

Thornley was not seriously injured, Watkins said.

"He was banged up but talking fine, had some cuts on his hands," he said.

Thornley was taken to Scottsdale Osborn Hospital with some broken bones but no life-threatening injuries, Davies said.

As of early Tuesday evening, Thornley was getting a CAT scan and had not been discharged, White said.

Thornley was wearing appropriate safety gear, White said.

"He was wearing a helmet, jacket and gloves," he said.

White added that he feels fortunate to have avoided being in a similar situation.

"We were chatting 10 minutes earlier," he said. "I'm thankful I wasn't going on the 202 East, or I'd be right next to him. It makes me want to get my brakes redone."

The State Press photographer Deanna Dent contributed to this article.

Reach the reporter at
emma.breysse@asu.edu.



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