A California Highway Patrol cruiser. Courtesy CHP
A California Highway Patrol cruiser. Courtesy CHP

A motorcyclist was gravely injured Friday in a solo crash on a back-country road near Mount Laguna.

The 42-year-old La Mesa resident was heading north on Sunrise Highway in Cleveland National Forest, roughly four miles north of Interstate 8, when he failed to negotiate a turn in the roadway at about 11 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

His 2016 Ducati 959 veered onto a dirt shoulder at about 45 mph and hit a rock outcropping, ejecting him, said Kevin Pearlstein, a representative for CHP.

Medics airlifted the man, whose name was not released, to Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego for treatment of life-threatening injuries.

“No other vehicles were involved, and it appears alcohol and/or drugs were not a factor,” Pearlstein said.

— City News Service