A 20-year-old man is in a critical condition after losing his helmet mid-air in a motorbike crash.
Hastings police said the man crashed a Suzuki motorbike into a tree on Lipscombe Crescent in Havelock North at about 10.35am.
Sergeant Clint Adamson said the man was wearing a motorcycle helmet, but "the force of the impact has caused the helmet to come off as he was thrown through the air and he has landed on the footpath without it".
He was treated by ambulance staff at the scene before being taken to Hawkes Bay Regional Hospital in a critical condition with multiple injuries.
Police would like to talk to anyone who had seen the motorcycle earlier that morning and who haven ot already been spoken to. Witnesses can call the Hawkes Bay Police on 06 8730500 or the Crimestoppers Line on 0800555111.
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