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North Carolina 87 motorcycle accident victim suspected of DWI

A Graham, North Carolina, man remains in the hospital after being involved in a motorcycle accident last weekend. The 59-year-old man suffered critical injuries in the single vehicle wreck. His family is optimistic about the recovery of their loved one. North Carolina law enforcement believes that alcohol may have been a factor in the high speed motorcycle accident.

The motorcycle accident victim is accused of driving while impaired after the motorcycle wreck. In addition to North Carolina DWI charges, the man is accused of reckless driving. The North Carolina Highway Patrol says that the motorcyclist was traveling southbound on North Carolina 87 when he lost control of the bike.

The State Highway Patrol believes that the man briefly drove off N.C. 87 before returning to the highway. It was after he returned to the pavement that his motorcycle overturned.

Law enforcement and emergency crews responded to the accident site a few minutes before 6:30 Saturday evening. A helicopter was called in to transport the accident victim to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill with critical injuries.

During the investigation of the motorcycle accident, law enforcement grew suspicious that the accident victim was under the influence when he crashed, although investigators say that it is unknown what caused the motorcyclist to lose control of the bike, according to the Times-News.

Authorities suspect that speed may have been a factor. The State Highway Patrol believes the motorcyclist was traveling roughly 20 miles per hour over the speed limit when the bike flipped on N.C. 87.

Source: The Times-News, "Man injured in motorcycle wreck still critical," May 31, 2012

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