A man is in serious condition after a motorcycle wreck on Jefferson Davis Highway in Burnettown on Tuesday morning.


The wreck happened about 10:30 a.m. near the intersection of Jefferson Davis Highway and Anthony Drive, said Chief David Paul Smith of the Burnettown Police Department.


The driver of a Honda Shadow motorcycle tried to avoid traffic that had shifted and slowed down in front of him, but the motorcycle “locked up” and slid about 100 feet into the median, Smith said.


The motorcycle came out of the median and struck a concrete curb, causing the driver to go airborne and land in the grass median.


The motorcycle was the only vehicle involved, Smith said. The driver’s name had not been released as of Tuesday afternoon.


“He’s in serious condition, but he’s responding,” Smith said, adding that the driver was not wearing a helmet and did suffer head injuries.


Smith said it’s a “miracle” there weren’t more vehicles involved.


“The motorcycle couldn’t slow down. He didn’t want to hit the vehicles and went to the median,” he said. “It’s a miracle he didn’t flip the first time. Anytime you hit a concrete median with a motorcycle, it’s amazing if you don’t flip it.”


Smith added that the driver was driving too fast for conditions.


“We encourage all motorcycle riders to ride safe and wear a helmet,” he said.


Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012. He is a native of Williston and majored in communication studies at Clemson University.