EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – A motorcyclist and his passenger were transported to the hospital after a Christmas Eve wreck in East Central El Paso.

According to the El Paso Police Department’s (EPPD) Special Traffic Investigations Unit, 25-year-old Malachi Barker was riding his 2021 Harley Davidson Road Glide, with 34-year-old David Galvan as a passenger.

The duo were northbound along the 1100 block of Airway when Barker veered off the roadway and hit the curb. The motorcycle continued across the sidewalk and into a parking lot where it struck a Dodge Charger that was exiting the lot.

Both driver and passenger, who were not wearing helmets at the time of the crash, were transported to a local hospital by Fire Medical Services.

The motorcycle operator sustained severe head injuries, and his passenger received minor head injuries.

Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in the collision. However, toxicology results are pending, and the investigation continues.

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Police add that the driver and passenger of the Dodge were uninjured.

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