MIDWEST CITY — A fiery crash critically injured a high school student riding a motorcycle to school Friday morning, police reported.
The 17-year-old Midwest City High School senior was westbound on NE 10 about 7:15 a.m. when he hit the passenger door of a car turning left in front of him near Lee Drive, Police Chief Brandon Clabes said in a statement.
Clabes said the motorcycle exploded into flames and the teen was knocked unconscious and caught on fire. He was taken to OU Medical Center where he remains in critical condition, Clabes said.
Students after school Friday were aware of the crash. Sapphire Golson, a sophomore, and her friends said they did not know the victim well, but described him as cool, funny, quiet and friendly.
“He talked to everybody,” she said.
Witnesses stepped in to help and extinguished the flames, but the youth suffered third-degree burns over half his body, the police department reported.
It appears the driver of the car made an improper left turn in front of the motorcycle, but the investigation is ongoing, police said.
The driver was not injured, according to police. They have not released his name.
The school district released a statement with few details that acknowledged a Midwest City-Del City Schools student was seriously injured.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the student's family as well as (the) school family at this time,” it states.