Motorcyclist found lying in street in south Wichita

Police say a 32-year-old man found lying unconscious on a south Wichita street early Friday was intoxicated and fell off his motorcycle.

Despite a trip to the hospital in critical condition shortly after 2 a.m., the man had “no significant injuries,” Lt. Doug Nolte, spokesman for the Wichita Police Department, said at Friday’s 10 a.m. news briefing with media.

“He’s expected to make a full recovery,” Nolte said.

A preliminary investigation by police suggested the man may have been driving too fast on South Broadway to negotiate a right-hand turn onto westbound 31st Street, causing him to hit a raised median and lay the motorcycle over, Wichita police Sgt. Roger Runft said around 3 a.m. Friday.

Passersby found the man and motorcycle lying in the middle of 31st Street and called 911, Runft said at the scene.

He was rushed to Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis with a bleeding head injury, but was awake and talking to officers an hour later, Runft said.

Police found a helmet lying beside the man, Runft said; it’s unknown whether he was wearing it when the crash occurred.

Also recovered at the scene was the 32-year-old’s military ID. The motorcycle was not yet registered, Runft said.