SLO motorcyclist in critical condition after crash

January 17, 2012

A 20-year-old San Luis Obispo man is in critical condition after crashing his motorcycle into an industrial building on the 200 block of Tank Farm Road shortly after 7 a.m. on Tuesday.

Wyatt Chan was headed west when he left the road and struck the building. He was thrown from his bike and sustained major injuries. A passerby spotted Chan and called 911.

Emergency personnel transported Chan to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center. Police officers did not find a helmet at the scene.

The collision severed a water line in the unoccupied building.

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I saw the scene this morning (about 7:50am) along Tank Farm Road, just past the old Farm Supply building… There was a massive hole torn into the corrugated metal siding and the FD and PD were there. Not wanting to rubber-neck, I drove on, but thought someone drove a car into the building hours before (as I did not see any other evidence of a crash).

Pretty hairy situation… and a pretty cold morning to not wear a helmet, so I am suspicious (maybe it flew off?)

I’m a bit baffled by the “no helmet” thing, though. Aside from the obvious, something’s not right with that.

Thoughts and Prayers to a fellow rider! Hoping he pulls through with a complete recovery.

I use to ride quite a bit when I was younger. I loved riding but it was always things like this that stuck in the back of your mind. It is a fun thing but can have some serious consequences. Like yourself I wish the best for this young man and hope he can get back out there on his bike soon, if he so wishes.