Man critically injured in Warwick motorcycle crash

Two people were taken to the hospital after a van collided with a motorcycle in Warwick on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. (WJAR)

Warwick police said a motorcycle operator involved in a collision was in critical condition Wednesday.

The motorcycle collided with a minivan at the intersection of Warwick and Church avenues at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Clothing, shoes, as well as a helmet and other debris were scattered in the road.

The motorcycle driver, identified as 28-year-old Robert Brierly of Cranston, was in critical condition at Rhode Island Hospital.

The driver of the van, 67-year-old Deborah Brown of Warwick, was not hurt.

Police said there was no indication that alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash. They said they were looking at whether speed or distracted driving were factors.

While the investigation continues, authorities shared a message of caution.

"Be aware of your surroundings, and be aware that the bikes are on the roadway and share the road," Warwick Police Capt. Rick Rathbun said.

Witnesses who spoke to NBC 10 said they hope the crash serves as a warning to those on the road.

“The impact was pretty bad. It was a fast bike," said a passer-by. "When you walk close and you see the blood and you see that's its real life -- and this person was really injured."

Police said no charges have been filed and that the investigation continues.

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