Protected Motorcyclist May be Arrested: Police

By Frank Heinz
|  Friday, May 7, 2010  |  Updated 6:58 PM CDT
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"You Can't Just Drive By, You Have to Stop" Witness

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A fallen motorcycle rider protected from oncoming traffic by Good Samaritans early Friday morning may be arrested on drug and gun charges, police say.

Oliver Long Tran, 21, of Richardson, was allegedly racing down Central Expressway just after midnight Friday when he lost control of his motorcycle and hit a car. Tran was thrown from his motorcycle, which was found on its side about a quarter of a mile down the road from the collision point.

Motorists said they saw the motorcycles racing down Central Expressway at more than 100 mph before one rider crashed near Mockingbird Lane.

After spotting the rider in the roadway, several drivers positioned their vehicles around the fallen rider so he wouldn't be struck by oncoming traffic. In the process, their vehicles were rear-ended.

"My car is totaled, but what are you going to do in that situation? You can't just drive by or run the gentleman over. You have to stop ...  at least we were in a vehicle to protect us," said Mark Mansfield.

One of the Good Samaritans even got out of her vehicle to attempt to direct traffic around the crash site by hand.

"This one woman went out in the middle of traffic to help this gentleman and could have herself been killed, but she did what she could to stop traffic so he would not be hit again," said Mansfield.

Tran was riding a Suzuki Hayabusa, which is the fastest production bike made and boasts a top speed of 194 mph. He was transported to Baylor Medical Center, where he is listed in fair condition.

Dallas police said Friday afternoon that Tran may be arrested and charged with marijuana and gun possession.

While the scene was cleared, all of the northbound lanes of Central Expressway were closed. The motorcycle rider was transported to an area hospital in serious condition.  Police said one of the good Samaritans may have suffered a broken leg in one of the car crashes.

Officers said those who tried to stop and render aid will not face any charges in connection with the secondary crashes.

"They did what anybody, you know, in their good heart would want to do, is to protect that victim. They used their vehicle to block it. They're doing the right thing," said Lt. Jimmy Vaughn with the Dallas Police Department.

The northbound side of the highway reopened before rush hour Friday.

NBCDFW's Kim Fischer and Julie Tam contributed to this report.

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