Broome County Sheriff’s officials say a motorcyclist is critically injured following a crash on Interstate 81 South just before Exit 5 at 5:05 a.m. July 27.

Officials say witnesses reported a Harley Davidson was traveling at a high rate of speed when it crashed into the back of a 2003 Honda, also traveling south, causing the biker to lose control.

41 year old James Peart skidded along the highway and into the center median, suffering serious injuries to his face and head.

Investigators say while Peart was wearing a helmet, it was not a Department of Transportation approved helmet and Peart did not have a motorcycle license.

Emergency Medical Personnel performed CPR before Peart was transported to Wilson Hospital.

The driver of the Honda was not hurt and was able to drive the vehicle from the scene.

The highway was fully reopened by 8 a.m.

Sheriff David Harder says he would like to remind motorcyclists that state law requires them to wear a DOT approved helmet, face shield and/or goggles and should also wear protective clothing.