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RIPLEY – A 24-year-old Town of Ripley man remains in critical condition in an Erie, Pa. hospital with injuries he suffered when he lost control of his Harley-Davidson motorcycle as he was moving a high rate of speed around a curve on Route 76 in the Town of Ripley about 12:07 a.m. Thursday, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office reported Friday.

David R. Baum slammed into a guard rail after his cycle overturned. He was given emergency medical treatment at the scene by Ripley and Westfield firefighters and EMS personnel and then taken by medical helicopter to UPMC Hamot for additional treatment. Investigators said he could be facing charges after chemical blood tests are completed.