A motorcyclist is in critical condition after he was thrown from his bike in Manchester early Wednesday, landing in a tree, police said.
Dean Skinner of Vernon was taken to Hartford Hospital with severe, life-threatening injuries, they said.
About 1:40 a.m., police received a call from someone who found a motorcycle in the middle of the road in front of the Highland Park Market, 317 Highland St. When officers arrived, they found the motorcycle on the double yellow lines but didn’t immediately see the rider, police said.
After a few minutes of searching, the officers heard what sounded like “distressed breathing” and found the rider in the lower branches of a pine tree near the guardrail, Sgt. Jamie Taylor said.
It appears Skinner didn’t make a curve in the road and struck the guardrail, Taylor said. He was thrown from the motorcycle, after which he hit the ground and slid. He was stopped by the tree and became lodged in its lower branches.
The officers had to rip away branches of the tree to free him, Taylor said.
Anyone who witnessed the crash or has any information that might help investigators is asked to call Officer Jason Moss of the traffic unit, 860-643-8620.