A collision between a motorcycle and a Toyota SUV on Highland Avenue Monday night amputated a man’s leg and left him and his female rider with severe injuries.

New Castle police reported that the driver of the bike, Aaron Windhorst, 36, of Ridgelawn Drive, Neshannock Township, and his passenger, Kimberly Cook, 43, of Cityline Street, both were flown to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, where they underwent surgery throughout the night and on Monday.

Windhorst’s leg was severed at the scene. New Castle police attempted to save the man’s leg by securing a tourniquet on the limb until medical help arrived. Cook was a passenger on Windhorst’s bike, police said.

Lt. Chris Fabian, who is in charge of traffic for the police department, said Cook’s leg also was badly injured in the accident that occurred around 10:20 p.m. She also suffered arm injuries and head lacerations.

A hospital spokesman said Cook and Windhorst both were listed in critical condition Tuesday afternoon.

The SUV driver, Ceondre Colvin, 26, of Centennial Street escaped injury, Fabian said.

According to a police report, Windhorst was northbound on his motorcycle behind the SUV. As the SUV stopped at a green traffic signal to turn left onto Park Avenue, the motorcycle continued and sideswiped the front driver’s side of the SUV.

Fabian said neither motorcycle rider wore a helmet and that Windhorst was riding on his learner’s permit and did not yet have a motorcycle license. He said that because of that, Windhorst was not allowed by law to have a rider.

dwachter@ncnewsonline.com

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