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Police: alcohol may be factor in Sunday motorcycle collision

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A motorcyclist is in critical condition while three others recover after a Sunday night accident involving two motorcycles.

"Whether somebody in a vehicle is drinking or on a bike, it's just like anything else it's going to heighten the risk of something bad happening," said The Messengers road captain, Rusty Fuller.

Around 5:30 p.m. Sunday, three motorcycles each carrying two people, were headed southbound on Chicago Avenue. Police said the first bike slowed to turn east onto 44th Street when the second motorcycle began to slow down. A third motorcycle, driven by Kevin Crispin, 40, passed the second motorcycle then hit the first motorcycle driven by Gary Artz, 52 with minor injuries, and his wife Owen, 52. Owen is listed on life support at University Medical Center.

Gary, Kevin and Kevin's passenger all had minor injuries. The third motorcycle was not involved in the crash.

Police are awaiting lab results to see if alcohol was a factor in the crash. No charges have been filed at this time. However, the police report summary states that Crispin was operating a motorcycle while intoxicated and as a result, crashed into Artz' bike causing serious bodily injury. The police report also states that Crispin was taken into custody at University Medical Center was released pending the filing of charges due to medical reasons.

Captain Scott Hudgens with the Lubbock Police Department tells us that the summary on the police report was released prematurely. The description on the police report states that the offense is intoxication assault and the nature of the call is DWI.

"This incident that happened last night is right down our alley because that was us once upon a time, intoxicated on a motorcycle," said Fuller.

Rusty Fuller said 15 years ago he used to be in a similar situation. "Most of us have been to jails, prisons, we've been on the streets," said Fuller, "Having a tragedy, an accident or just not liking the people that we became led us to change those things. And now we're not, we ride motorcycles clean and sober."

Now Fuller and over 70 others in the motorcycle group, The Messengers, all have a mission to put their past behind them and be sober.

"They want to continue riding because they love it and everything that comes with it and they don't want the destructive part of it, that's where we come in," said Fuller.

And the group also extends their message to help others in need both in their biker community and around Lubbock.

"People that have had accidents we know them or we know their families. Like any motorcycle club we send our support," said Fuller.

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