Critically hurt Alexandra biker 'not wearing helmet'

A 19-year-old Alexandra man was in a critical condition in Dunedin Hospital yesterday after he was found by friends lying beside his motocross bike in the Pines, near Alexandra's Boundary Rd, on Sunday evening.

Central Otago sub area commander Senior Sergeant Ian Kerrisk said the man sustained serious head injuries and early indications were that he had not been wearing a helmet when he apparently crashed.

It appeared alcohol was involved.

The man left a friend's house on Pine Rd about 8.30pm on Sunday and his friends went to find him when they heard the bike's motor stop suddenly.

They found him beside his bike.

The man was airlifted from Dunstan Hospital in Clyde to Dunedin Hospital, where he was in the intensive care unit yesterday.