Motorcycle rider paralyzed following West Philly crash

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A motorcyclist was paralyzed after being knocked 63 feet down the street during a crash Sunday night in West Philadelphia, authorities said.

The 43-year-old man was riding on Lansdowne Avenue in the Carroll Park neighborhood just after 10 p.m. when he ignored a red light and hit a car that was traveling on 57th Street, according to investigators.

Police said the man, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered a spinal injury and was paralyzed from the waist down. He also sustained multiple broken ribs and cuts to his face and is expected to survive.

The driver, a 23-year-old man, was taken to Lankenau Medical Center with neck pain.

Detectives continue to investigate the crash.

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