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Madeira Beach man’s leg severed in motorcycle crash

Published:   |   Updated: May 6, 2013 at 07:18 PM

A motorcyclist suffered life-threatening injuries and his left leg was severed after a single-vehicle crash Monday afternoon in St. Petersburg, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.

Donald Budd Sutton, 45, of Madeira Beach, sustained serious injuries to his head in the 2:50 p.m. crash on Bay Pines Boulevard.

Sutton was driving a 1993 Harley-Davidson from the Duhme Causeway onto the Bay Pines triangle interchange, the sheriff’s office said.

As he was in the median lane negotiating the turn onto Bay Pines Boulevard, he lost control of his motorcycle and drifted into the guard rail, which caused him to severe his leg, the sheriff’s office said.

He was ejected from the motorcycle and injured his head. Sutton wasn’t wearing a helmet, the sheriff’s office said.

Sutton was transported to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg where he’s being treated for life-threatening injuries, the sheriff’s office said.

Alcohol and speed don’t appear to be a factor in Sutton’s accident, the sheriff’s office said.

The case remains under investigation.

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