Motorcyclist in critical condition after crashing into guardrail

JAVA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Calls from concerned citizens may have allowed first responders to save the life of a motorcyclist who is still in critical condition in the Erie County Medical Center.

Police in Wyoming County say they received phone calls about an unmanned motorcycle laying on the side of Route 78 late on Wednesday night, and officers rushed to investigate. When on the scene at about 11:30 p.m., officers say they found the motorcycle’s owner, identified as Lucas K. Pleace, in a nearby ditch.

Wyoming County Sheriff’s Deputies who found the cyclist say he wasn’t responsive and had severe injuries. First responders rushed to the scene to treat him.

At ECMC, Pleace continues to fight for his life. Investigation continues into the accident, however preliminary investigation revealed Pleace collided with the guard rail on the side of the road, causing him to be thrown from his motorcycle. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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