Motorcylist seriously injured in Ellerby smash

A motorcyclist was left seriously injured and had to be airlifted to hospital after a crash on the outskirts of Whitby on Sunday afteroon.

Police say he ended up crashing into a grass verge as he swerved to avoid crashing into a car.

It happened on the A174 Redcar to Whitby road at the Ellerby high junction at about 3.20pm on Sunday and involved a blue Kawasaki ZX1100 motorcycle and a grey Mazda 3 car on the outskirts of Whitby.

The motorcycle was heading towards Whitby and the Mazda was turning onto the main road from Ellerby Lane on the way to Whitby.

The rider, a 55-year-old man from Skelton, East Cleveland, suffered a fractured arm, bruising and concussion after crashing into the road-side grass verge to avoid hitting the car.

He was transported by air ambulance to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough where he is in a “serious but stable” condition.

The 72-year-old man driving the Mazda and his partner, who are from Crewe, Cheshire, were uninjured.

Police investigating the incident are now appealing for witnesses to the collision or anyone that might have seen the car or the motorbike prior to the collision.

Witnesses should contactNorth Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for Gareth Gilleard or the Scarborough Roads Policing Group.

Or information can be e-mailed to