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Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2011 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:25 am, Fri May 13, 2011.

A man was airlifted from Century Park to a Sacramento hospital after he was seriously injured in a solo motorcycle accident Thursday night.

Lodi police and fire were called at 8:22 p.m. after the motorcyclist ran headfirst into a Cadillac, Officer Jim Pendergast said. The man, who appeared to be between the ages of 25 and 30, was riding at a high rate of speed eastbound on Adobe Court when he hit the parked car, Pendergast said.

An ambulance then transported the man a couple blocks to Century Park, where he was picked up by a REACH helicopter and taken to Kaiser Permanente in south Sacramento.

Police are waiting to release the man's name until family has been notified. The accident investigation is ongoing, and Pendergast said they do not know if drugs or alcohol were involved.

Before the crash, Pendergast said police received a call about a motorcyclist speeding south on Church Street. He said the man might have known someone in the apartment next to the crash scene.

Neighbor Deborah Sorbello said she heard he was on vacation and was staying with people at the apartment complex.

When he turned onto the street, which is a long cul-de-sac, 12-year-old Sean Carpenter said he wondered why the motorcyclist was speeding so fast.

Carpenter said the man hit his front brake, the back tire lifted off the ground and the motorcyclist flew through the air and hit his head on the back bumper before landing under the car. Carpenter said the man was still breathing and slightly moved his head and his arm.

Lodi firefighters set up a perimeter at the park with landing markers, and asked residents to move back as the helicopter landed. About 100 people gathered on the street corners snapping photos and watching as the motorcyclist remained in the ambulance for more than a half-hour.

He then was transferred from a gurney to a back board. He was strapped to the board as paramedics held intravenous bags and an oxygen tank.

Contact reporter Maggie Creamer at maggiec@lodinews.com. Read her blog at www.lodinews.com/blogs/citybuzz.

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