DENVER – A woman that was riding on the back of a motorcycle that crashed in an alley around 2 a.m. Wednesday is in the hospital in critical condition, according to Denver Police.
The man driving the motorcycle is suspected of driving under the influence and vehicular assault.
A crash detective with the Denver Police Department told 9NEWS said the motorcycle was traveling south in the alley between Grove Street and Federal Boulevard.
Police believe the driver lost control of the green and white Kawasaki Enduro bike after crossing West 9th Avenue and hitting a dip in the road.
The bike crashed in the alley and both the driver and the passenger were thrown from the bike, according to the detectives.
The man driving the motorcycle was taken to the hospital and treated for non-serious injuries before being arrested.
Crash detectives found two helmets in the alley, but it was not known if they were worn at the time of the crash.
The name and age of the driver and passenger have not been released.
This is at least the third metro-area motorcycle crash in which someone was seriously injured or killed in about a week.
20-year-old Logan Alan Kieller was killed on I-70 near Airport Boulevard on Monday. According to Aurora police the man was riding alongside another motorcyclist when their handlebars touched. Police said they were attempting to pass a semi-truck. When their handlebars touched, one of the motorcyclists veered left, struck some construction zone barrels. This caused the driver to be thrown from the bike and under the rear trailer wheels of a semi-tractor trailer. He died on scene. The other motorcyclist and the truck driver were not injured. The name of the deceased driver has not been released.
On Friday, 52-year-old Gary Melillo was killed when he was hit by a Dodge Neon driven by a 16-year-old girl in the 7300 block of State Highway 2 in Commerce City. Alcohol and speed are suspected as possible factors in the crash. Commerce City Police say all the driver and three passengers in the Neon are all students at Adams County High School.
As temperatures warm, more motorcyclists are on the road. That's why every spring the National Highway Transportation Safety Board reminds motorists to be extra alert of motorcyclists and to safely "share the road." Motorcyclists are also reminded to make themselves extra visible to other motorists.
Read more about the NHTSB's motorcycle safety campaigns here: http://www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/Motorcycles
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