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Motorcyclist struck by car in Greenfield

First responders and victims alike gather at the scene of a motorcycle accident on Hope Street Monday. Recorder/Mickey Bedell

First responders and victims alike gather at the scene of a motorcycle accident on Hope Street Monday. Recorder/Mickey Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

GREENFIELD — A motorcyclist was taken to Baystate Franklin Medical Center after he was struck by a car Tuesday afternoon.

He was struck by a Honda Fit at Hope and Prospect streets just before 2:30.

The rider was conscious, alert and breathing when emergency responders arrived. He answered questions for EMTs, and was able to move his hands as they strapped him to a backboard.

Fire Chief Robert Strahan said he could not speculate on the severity of the rider’s injuries.

A witness said it seemed like the driver of the car didn’t see the man on his Harley Davidson motorcycle until it was too late.

“She made the turn, and all I saw was the car hit the bike, then the rider went 8 feet up in the air, and landed on his back,” said Joel Young, who rested by his bicycle on Hope Street, right in front of the accident.

Young said the motorcyclist was traveling north on Hope Street as the Honda’s driver approached him headed the other way. When the Honda made the left onto Prospect Street, said Young, the two vehicles collided.

The car’s driver sat on the sidewalk, visibly shaken, though she and her male passenger declined medical treatment. The vehicle’s bumper was torn from its mount, and shattered pieces of the car’s headlight and turn signal lenses lay scattered in the intersection. It was towed, as was the motorcycle, which appeared to have only suffered a few scrapes.

The accident remained under investigation Tuesday evening, and information on the rider’s condition or identity was not available at press time.

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