Motorcyclist going 157mph crashes in San Tan Valley

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by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on December 21, 2010 at 12:38 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 23 at 1:49 AM

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SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. -- A Tempe 19-year-old is in extremely critical condition after crashing his motorcycle at 157 mph.

It happened just after 2 a.m. Sunday on Gantzel Road in San Tan Valley.

According to Tim Gaffney of the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, a deputy spotted the motorcycle speeding through a 45-mph zone. Using his radar unit, the deputy clocked the bike at 157 mph.

Before the deputy could catch up to the speeding motorcycle, the rider, identified as 19-year-old Noe Marcos Calazo of Tempe, lost control of the 2004 Yamaha on a gradual turn and crashed.

Gaffney said Calazo drove through nearly 350 feet of dirt along the shoulder before slamming into the concrete base of a traffic signal pole. The motorcycle then went airborne, flying nearly 20 feet, stopping only when it hit a wooden SRP pole.

"The motorcycle was nearly disintegrated on impact and Calazo flew an additional 104 feet through the air before striking the ground," Gaffney said in a news release.

Calazo, who was driving on a revoked license, suffered extensive injuries and was air-lifted to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Hospital. At last check, he was in extremely critical condition.

Once he is released from the hospital, Calazo will face charges of aggravated DUI, reckless driving and criminal speeding.

Gaffney said Calazo has a previous arrest on his record for being a minor in possession of alcohol and resisting arrest.

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