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Kyle Petty Charity Ride participant injured

May 03, 2014, Mike Hembree, Special for,

Rider airlifted to hospital on Day 1 of eight-day event

YUMA, Ariz. -- A participant in the Kyle Petty Charity Ride was injured Saturday afternoon when her motorcycle crashed on Interstate 8 near Yuma.

Jo Ann Emmons of Virginia Beach, Va., was airlifted to St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix after the accident. Her condition was not known Saturday night. She was conscious and communicating with medical personnel about an hour after the crash.

The wreck occurred on the first of eight scheduled days of the ride, an annual event that raises money for the Victory Junction Gang Camp in North Carolina.

Emmons was one of more than 200 riders participating in the event. She is an insurance agent in Virginia Beach.

Emmons apparently lost control of her Harley-Davidson while riding east on the interstate. She was thrown from the motorcycle, which landed in the median of the interstate.

Ride marshals and the ride medical team responded to the accident within seconds of the crash and stabilized Emmons before area emergency medical personnel arrived.

Officers from the Arizona Highway Patrol, the United States Border Patrol and the Yuma Police Dept. responded to the accident.

After the incident, the ride continued to Tucson, Ariz.


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