Motorcyclist crashes near Duncan, flown to Tucson hospital

A motorcyclist was airlifted to a Tucson hospital Tuesday night after crashing on U.S. Highway 70 near Duncan.

By Jon Johnson

GRAHAM COUNTY – A man who was traveling with a group of motorcyclists had to be airlifted to Banner-University Medical Center Tucson after he struck his head when he crashed his motorcycle Tuesday night.

According to a report from the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Richard Matthew Avant, 45, of Aztec, New Mexico, was on U.S. Highway 70 roughly 10 miles west of Duncan when the rear tire on his white, 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle locked up. Avant crashed and suffered at least a laceration to his head and road rash as injuries. He was not wearing a helmet.

Lifeline Ambulance responded to the scene along with DPS and a deputy from the Graham County Sheriff’s Office. As the deputy and paramedics cordoned off traffic, a helicopter landed on the highway and flew Avant to Tucson.

According to the DPS, there were no indications of impaired driving or foul play.