A 40-year-old Wasilla motorcyclist was medevaced to Anchorage with serious injuries Monday afternoon, after Alaska State Troopers say he struck a sport-utility vehicle in a head-on collision.
According to a Monday AST dispatch, troopers responded at about 4 p.m. to the scene of the collision, at Pittman Road's intersection with Fireweed Fields Drive. Brian Russell Bean, had been headed north on Pittman riding a 2007 black Yamaha motorcycle, while a 1999 Ford Explorer driven by another Wasilla man, 59-year-old John Frederick Koutsky, was headed south on the road.
"Bean failed to negotiate the right hand corner, came into the oncoming lane of travel and struck the Ford Explorer head-on," troopers wrote. "Bean was medevaced by LifeMed Helicopters to (Providence Alaska Medical Center) in Anchorage for serious, but non-life threatening injuries."
Providence officials say Bean is listed as a patient Monday evening, but no details on his condition were immediately available.
In an email to Channel 2, AST spokesperson Megan Peters says Bean was thrown from the motorcycle in the crash.
"Neither speed or road conditions were a factor," Peters wrote. "It appears that Bean was not familiar with his bike as it was new."
Troopers say that while Bean was wearing a helmet and Koutsky was wearing a seat belt, both vehicles were totaled in the collision.
Peters says the crash closed Pittman Road for about half an hour.