UPDATE: Motorcyclist injured in Whittier Blvd. crash

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WHITTIER — Rescuers rushed a man to a hospital with serious injuries following a motorcycle crash blamed on a failed stunt early Friday, police said.
The crash took place about 7:15 a.m. at the intersection of Whittier Boulevard and Painter Avenue, Whittier police Lt. Carlos Solorza said.
“We’re looking into statements he was trying to do a wheelie when he went down,” the lieutenant said. “We have two witnesses that said that.”
No other vehicles were involved in the crash, he said.
Officials flew the injured rider to a hospital by helicopter, Solorza said.
The 42-year-old Whittier man’s injuries included two broken arms and many abrasions, police said. His condition at the hospital was unclear.
The involved motorcycle was a blue Suzuki GSX-R series.
In addition to being dangerous, stunts such as wheelies are illegal, according to Solorza.
“Operate your motorcycle in a safe manner on the roadways,” he said.
Police shut down the eastbound lanes of Whittier Boulevard at the intersection for about two hours as they investigated the scene.
PHOTO by correspondent Chris Vigil

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