A Pacific teen sustained serious injuries Tuesday, Sept. 4, when the dirt bike he was riding left the road and struck a pole.

Ryan W. Christian, 15, was riding a 2009 Kawasaki KLX250 westbound on Highway 100 east of Thornton Road at 7:30 p.m. when he failed to maintain a lane and left the road, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol preliminary report.

The motorcycle overturned and struck a pole, the patrol said.

Christian was taken to Mercy Hospital Washington by Meramec Ambulance. He was wearing a helmet, the patrol said.