Posted on Mar 31, 2012

Marcell Johnson, 41 was hospitalized in critical condition after sustaining a head injury while attempting to pass a car in Ravine on the afternoon of Sunday, March 11th.  According to authorities, the car in question was attempting to turn when the Mount Pleasant resident struck it on his bike. 

Both Johnson and the car he struck were heading west down 16th Street when the crash occurred. The driver of the car slowed down in preparation for a right hand turn when Johnson attempted to pass him on the right, according to a statement from Racine Police Department spokesman Sgt. Marty Pavilonis. It was during the turn that Johnson’s motorcycle collided with the car, causing him to eject from the bike. 

Following the accident, an ambulance transported Johnson to St. Mary’s Hospital, after which he was airlifted to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa. According Kim Wick, the spokeswoman for Froedtert Hospital, Johnson’s condition fell from stable on Sunday to critical on Monday. 

Police have not determined if Johnson was wearing a helmet, but Sgt. Pavilonis has suggested that speed may have played a role in the crash. The Governor’s Highway Safety Association of Wisconsin does not enforce a statewide helmet law, and Johnson would have been legally entitled to be riding without one. 

Investigations into the collision are ongoing, and no fault or tickets have been assigned yet.

The Madison motorcycle crash lawyers of Hupy and Abraham extend their sincere wishes for Mr. Johnson’s speedy and full recovery.