News Man Survives 157 mph Motorcycle Crash

Man Survives 157 mph Motorcycle Crash

Arizona Motorcycle Crash

Daily news items are sometimes worth a second look in the motorcycle industry, especially when it involves a man surviving a 157-mph bike crash.

The man was Noe Marcos Calazo, a 19-year old Tempe, Arizona, resident. The crash occurred Dec. 21 after police say Calazo was fleeing from authorities aboard a 2004 Yamaha YZF in San Tan Valley (cops did not report if it was an R6 or R1).

Before police could catch Calazo, who was suspected of driving the motorcycle under the influence, he drove off the road a few hundred feet before impacting the pole of a traffic signal. The Yamaha flew 18 feet into the air before hitting a wooden pole; police say the bike disintegrated upon impact.

Calazo also flew through the air, 104 feet police say, before striking the ground.

Local reports say Calazo suffered extensive injuries as a result of the collision. He was transported by air ambulance to Scottsdale Osborn Hospital in extremely critical condition.

Police say pending his release from the hospital, Calazo will face charges of aggravated DUI, reckless driving and criminal speed.

Photo Credit: Pinal County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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