Two people were airlifted to hospitals after a pedestrian was hit by a motorcycle in the 1900 block of 29th Street in Moline, Illinois.
Witnesses told police that Kimberly Doerr, of Moline, was jogging northbound on 29th Street when she started to cross the street at an angle at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2015. She was struck by a northbound motorcycle, driven by Brian Lavery of Moline, that was reportedly traveling at a high rate of speed.
"I saw her fly and then he proceeded to slide down the street," recalled Hayley Douglas, who said she was sitting on the front porch with a friend when the accident happened. "It was the most terrible thing I've ever seen in my life."
"There was a loud sound and I looked out my window and [the motorcyclist] was laying right there," added Lakyn Glenn, who said she and her family had just finished eating dinner when she heard the accident happen. "His right leg was pinned underneath the motorcycle and the other one was twisted and mangled up underneath the handlebar."
Glenn said she and her next-door neighbor hurried to help Lavery.
"He was choking on so much blood that we turned him on his side," she said. "We held him there until the police arrived. He was cut all the way across his face and his teeth were busted out."
Lavery was airlifted to a hospital in Peoria and Doerr was airlifted to a hospital in Iowa City, police said.
"She was up the street a little ways from where I could see," said Glenn. "It looked like her leg was shattered pretty badly."
The victims' conditions were unknown as of late Wednesday afternoon, March 11. Police said Lavery was not wearing a helmet and the accident is still under investigation.
"It was a terrible accident," said Detective Scott Williams with the Moline Police Department. "It's the first bad motorcycle accident that we've had this year."
"This is a terrible, tragic reminder that even though everybody wants to enjoy the [warmer weather], we have to be really careful."