A Davis man was seriously injured early Saturday after riding his bike into a metal gate that leads into the city’s wastewater treatment plant off of County Road 28H in northeast Davis.
Plant workers discovered Thomas Burton, 56, unconscious in a driveway leading into the facility about 6 a.m. Saturday, after he apparently had crashed into the six-inch metal tube that closes off the emergency vehicle access drive.
Paramedics were called and Burton was transported to the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. As of Saturday evening, he was being treated in the hospital’s intensive care unit. Hospital officials would not disclose his condition.
California Highway Patrol officers on the scene of the crash later determined that Burton was traveling eastbound on County Road 28H at a high rate of speed on his 2013 custom-built speed bike when he slammed into the gate head first. He was not wearing a helmet, according to CHP Sgt. Andy Hill.
Hill added that there are reflectors fastened to the gate, but it may have been too dark outside for them to have helped Burton.