Clay, wife hurt in cycle crash

A three-vehicle accident in Fort Dodge Wednesday evening sent a local dentist and his wife to the hospital, with one of them being flown to Des Moines for treatment.

Dr. John P. Clay, 38, and his wife, Katherine E. Clay, 36, were both taken to Trinity Regional Medical Center around 9:50 p.m. Wednesday after the 2005 Harley-Davidson motorcycle they were traveling on was hit, according to an Iowa State Patrol report.

The motorcycle reportedly collided with a 1994 Chrysler Concorde while trying to make a left turn in front of it.

Dr. Clay was treated and released at Trinity Regional Medical Center, but Katherine Clay was airlifted to Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines due to the extent of her injuries.

Unity Point spokeswoman Amy Varcoe said Thursday that Katherine Clay was in serious condition.

The Clays were heading north on North 15th Street on the inside lane approaching 10th Avenue North, according to Iowa State Patrol Lt. Kelly Hindman. As they were preparing to turn west onto 10th Avenue North, the Concorde, which was driven by John A. Bradley, 63, of Fort Dodge, was heading south on North 15th Street.

Hindman said the Clays turned left in front of the Concorde, which then hit the couple’s motorcycle.

An unidentified passenger vehicle, driven by Abigail L. Redmond, 18, of Fort Dodge, was also going south on 15th Street, according to Hindman. She was attempting to turn east onto 10th Avenue North when the accident happened.

Redmond’s vehicle did not make contact with either the Clays or Bradley.

Both Dr. Clay and Katherine Clay were ejected from the motorcycle, and neither one of them was wearing a helmet, Hindman said.

“No charges have been filed in this collision situation at this time pending the results of the ongoing investigation,” he said.

The Iowa State Patrol is investigating.