St. Petersburg police are investigating an early morning traffic crash that sent one person to the hospital with serious injuries.
The crash occurred around 12:41 a.m. at Central Avenue and 45th Street in St. Pete.
Police said a Volkswagen, driven by a 22-year-old woman was driving northbound on 45th St. and stopped at a stop sign at Central Ave. The Volkswagen began to make a left hand turn and drove into the path of a Yamaha traveling eastbound on Central Avenue.
Police said the Yamaha, driven by a 25-year-old man, crashed into the rear driver side of the Volkswagen.
The man was thrown from his bike and was transported to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg with life-threatening injuries. Officials said he is considered to be in critical condition.
The driver of the Volkswagen was transported to Bayfront with minor injuries. A passenger in her vehicle was treated and released at the scene.
Officials claim both drivers were found to have signs of impairment by alcohol. Criminal charges are pending the results of blood tests, officials said.
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