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UPDATE: Apple Valley Traffic Collision Causes Life-Threatening Injuries to Motorcyclist

APPLE VALLEY-( An Apple Valley man was airlifted to a trauma center for treatment of life-threatening injuries after his black Yamaha motorcycle collided with a white Hyundai Elantra Touring on Saturday afternoon. The traffic collision was reported just before 12:15 p.m. on Navajo and Ottawa Roads.

Upon arrival deputies located the major injury and moderate damage traffic collision with a motorcyclist down blocking the roadway. Medical aid arrived to transport the male motorcycle rider, identified as 28-year-old Matthew Tyler Briggs to a landing zone to be airlifted to Loma Linda Medical Center.

According to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials,  preliminary investigation revealed the Hyundai was driving eastbound on Ottawa Road and pulled out in front of Briggs who was traveling north on Navajo Road.

A family friend, updated the patient’s condition by saying, “The motorcyclist has a broken pelvis, broken arm, and some facial fractures.  He does have internal bleeding but nothing the doctor seem too concerned about. They will be doing surgery to correct it. CT scan came back good with his vital organs.”

A second patient, the 69-year-old driver of the Hyundai sustained minor to moderate injuries and was transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center for treatment. A family friend of Briggs set up a Go Fund Me account in order to help assist his family with costs associated with his hospitalization.

Navajo Road was closed in both directions for several hours. The collision is currently under investigation by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Region II, Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT). Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Deputy Jason Grantham at 760-240-7400.


Apple Valley man airlifted with life-threatening injuries following Saturday afternoon crash.
Apple Valley man airlifted with life-threatening injuries following Saturday afternoon crash.
(photo credit: Gina Mahfouz)

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