Motorcyclist injured in crash

Man was clocked going 85 mph

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— A speeding motorcyclist was injured when his bike crashed north of Steamboat Springs Wednesday morning, police said.

Jeffrey Dan Harris, 19, was clocked at 85 mph on Routt County Road 129 shortly before he struck a mile marker and was thrown from his 2003 Honda motorcycle.

He suffered cuts and bruises to his legs and upper body. An ambulance rushed Harris to Yampa Valley Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

Trooper Rick Kaspar of the Colorado State Patrol said Harris faces careless driving and speeding charges.

A deputy with the Routt County Sheriff's Office saw Harris at mile marker 6 on C.R. 129 and measured his speed at 85 mph in a 45 mph zone. The deputy attempted to catch up with Harris and came upon the crash at mile marker 7 around 9:30 a.m.

Harris, who was headed north toward Clark, drove off the right side of the road. He struck mile marker 7 with his left knee and landed a short distance away, Kaspar said.

Harris was lying in a ditch along the side of the road when emergency personnel arrived. His motorcycle was blocking northbound traffic.

Harris was an inexperienced rider and took a corner too fast, Kaspar said.

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