A Whitman man taken to a Boston hospital after police say he was thrown from his motorcycle in an accident Tuesday night has been upgraded from critical to serious condition, police said.
Michael Clavette, 49, of Whitman, was taken by ambulance to Boston Medical Center after police said he sustained serious leg injuries.
The accident occurred about 7:30 p.m. near the intersection of North Quincy Street and Hovendon Avenue.
According to the accident report, an older model red Ford Explorer, driven by Gary Demers, 52, of Holbrook, was driving south on North Quincy Avenue and attempted to turn left into a parking lot at 231 North Quincy Ave., Abington, just as Clavette drove by.
Demers told police he did not see the motorcycle “until it was too late,” the report states.
At this time, no charges are being filed against Demers, Brockton Lt. Mark Porcaro said Wednesday.
The impact of the crash threw Clavette from his Harley, said police, who called for a MedFlight, which officials said was unavailable due to cloud cover.
Clavette remained hospitalized and in serious condition Wednesday.
No other injuries were reported in the crash.
The accident comes one week and one day after a South Easton man died in Raynham following injuries he sustained from a motorcycle crash.
Richard W. “Bill” “Bear” Mathers, Jr., of South Easton, died April 8 after Raynham police said another driver pulled out in front of him.
Police chief Jim Donovan said Wednesday that charges will be filed against the driver of the other vehicle once police receive all the information related to the investigation.
The driver of the other vehicle was identified as Emilios Karakostas, 64, of Canton, who will face charges of failure to yield, and motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation. Donovan urged drivers to beware of motorcyclists.
“The weather’s getting better and there are motorcycles on the road, and everybody’s got to be looking out for them,” said Donovan, who said he called the Massachusetts Highway Department last week to ask them about changing their highway signs as a reminder for people to look twice.
Those message boards will change the last week of April, Sara Lavoie, spokeswoman for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, said Wednesday.
The reminder is an annual public service announcement that was scheduled ahead of time to run on highway message boards from April 29 – May 3, Lavoie said, adding that because of a strict schedule, putting the message out sooner was not an option.