Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, was injured when he collided with a Chrysler New Yorker while riding his Suzuki Hayabusa.
Roethlisberger lost most of his teeth, fractured his left sinus cavity bone, suffered a nine-inch laceration to the back of his head and a broken jaw, and severely injured both of his knees when he hit the ground, police said.
An eyewitness interviewed by a news crew described the collision as one that occured after the car began a left turn but it’s unclear from the description whether it was a left turn across Roethlisberger’s path or what the relative direction of each vehicle was at the time of the accident, however another report says the car had damage to the front passenger fender which would be expected if the car had turned into his path. Left turns in front of motorcycles are extremely common as the cause of motorcycle and car collisions.
One report said the Hayabusa was a gift from Suzuki last year in return for appearing at a number of dealerships. Roethlisberger was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, something the Pittsburgh Steelers coach had lectured him about before.
This type of accident where a celebrity is involved will bring out all of the usual brilliant commentary by the press, especially those who have never ridden a motorcycle in their entire life. Brace yourself.
UPDATE: The car was travelling west, Roethlisberger was headed east, looks like it was the classic turn across the motorcyclist’s path.