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TAYLORSVILLE — One person is in critical condition after a crash involving a car and a motorcycle, according to the Unified Police Department.

The crash took place at about 1 p.m. Wednesday near 4500 S. Atherton Drive, according to Unified police detective Ken Hansen.

The motorcycle rider, a 31-year-old man, was in critical condition, Hansen said. He did not release the rider's name.

Hansen said investigators were still determining what happened, but it appeared that a Toyota was making a left turn onto Atherton Drive and turned in front of the motorcyclist.

The Toyota swiped the back of the motorcycle, which caused the rider to slide about 150 feet past the crash site, Hansen said. The rider had significant injuries and damage to his legs, Hansen added.

Unless the motorcyclist was speeding, he had the right-of-way, Hansen said. The motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet.

Hansen said one of the biggest problems for motorcyclists is when a driver turning left cannot see the rider. Hansen urged drivers to take care when making left turns, especially during the summer when lots of people are riding motorcycles.

"Take that extra second and say 'Is there a motorcycle coming my way,'" Hansen said.

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