Jefferson County Man Allegedly Flees Authorities, Suffers Major Injuries in Motorcycle Crash

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Pa. (EYT) – Punxsutawney-based State Police say a Reynoldsville man suffered major injuries in a motorcycle crash on Fuller Road, State Route 2025, 262 feet north of Knox Dale Road, in Knox Township, Jefferson County.

According to police, around 1:03 p.m. on June 23, 34-year-old Bradley W. Rhodes, of Reynoldsville, and 33-year-old James E. Hauser, of Altoona, were involved in the collision.

Police say Rhodes was traveling south along and Fuller Road, exiting a curve to the right on a 1984 Honda XR 500 RE motorcycle.

Hauser was traveling north along the same road and approaching that curve in a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. Hauser is an agent from PA State Parole who was accompanied by David M. Zerjac, of Johnstown, an agent from the US Marshal’s Office, police say.

The two men were part of a group who were sent to apprehend Rhoades at a nearby residence, according to police.

When Hauser saw Rhodes approaching on a motorcycle, he attempted to turn around to give chase. He turned the vehicle to the left into the southbound lane, police say.

Rhodes attempted to drive off of the roadway and around the Chevrolet Malibu, according to police.

The front of the motorcycle struck the right front corner of the Chevrolet.

Rhodes was thrown from his motorcycle, police say.

The motorcycle came to rest of its right side directly in front of the Chevrolet which was pushed approximately 18″ by the motorcycle and came to rest facing west on Fuller Road.

Rhodes suffered major injuries; he was flown to UPMC Altoona by Stat Medivac.

Hauser and Zerjac were both using seat belts and were not injured.

The motorcycle was removed from the scene by a private party.

The Chevrolet was driven from the scene.

Jefferson County EMS assisted at the scene.

The above report was released to on June 28, 2014.

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