Man Doing Wheelies on Dirt Bike Through New Haven Streets Hospitalized with Head Trauma, Internal Injuries

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NEW HAVEN, CT -A 26-year-old New Haven dirt bike rider remains hospitalized after a motor vehicle accident. On Monday, October 26, around 2:30 p.m., New Haven Police and Fire responded to the two-vehicle crash on Grand Avenue at Fillmore Street in the Fair Haven neighborhood.  Prior to the motor vehicle accident, a 19-year-old New Haven man was operating a Toyota Corolla and traveling southbound on Fillmore Street.

The 26-year-old man was operating a Honda CRF450 dirt bike and traveling westbound on Grand Avenue. At the intersection of Fillmore Street at Grand Avenue, the Toyota operator stopped at a stop sign. Then, to clear his line of sight before starting a left turn onto Grand Avenue, the Toyota operator moved his vehicle a few feet into the intersection and stopped. As he approached the intersection, the dirt bike operator traveled with his front wheel in the air, commonly called performing a wheelie. The dirt bike operator lost control of his bike and collided with the front driver side of the stopped Toyota.

Emergency medical responders arrived and treated the injured biker. The Toyota operator remained at the scene and received treatment for minor injuries.

An ambulance transported the dirt bike operator to the hospital. While his injuries were considered non-life threatening, the dirt bike operator sustained head trauma and internal injuries. Following emergency surgery, he remains hospitalized in stable condition.


The motor vehicle accident is being investigated by the NHPD Accident Reconstruction Team. For further investigation and mechanical inspection, officers impounded the car and the dirt bike.

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