A motorcyclist who crashed early Thursday morning at West Fourth and Hepburn streets died later that day at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, city police confirmed Friday afternoon.
Patrick M. Weldon, 41, a local gas well worker from Tyler, Texas, lost control of his cycle as he was traveling west on West Fourth Street about 2 a.m., police said.
As the cycle stated to roll on its side, Weldon was ejected, his body crashing into a fire hydrant, police said. The cycle hit a traffic light pole, police added.
When firefighters and paramedics arrived on the scene, Weldon, who reportedly lived in Old Lycoming Township, was unconscious, but breathing, police said. Initially taken to the Williamsport Regional Medical Center, he was transferred to Geisinger, where he died on Thursday afternoon.
The police report said Weldon suffered several injuries, including a fractured skull. Police said he was not wearing a helmet.
Efforts to reach Montour County Coroner Scott Lynn were unsuccessful.
Tamica Dewitt, who had known Weldon for a year, said her friend "was very outgoing and a hard worker. He was very much a people person."
Dewitt, of Williamsport, said she and Weldon were introduced to one another through mutual friends. She often cooked for him.
She said she will always remember his smile. "He was very friendly and he liked to joke," Dewitt said of Weldon, who moved to this area about two years ago.