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OKLAHOMA CITY -- A motorcycle rider was in critical condition Sunday night after colliding with an SUV near a popular metro shopping area. 

It happened around 6:45 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Northwest Expressway and Belle Isle Blvd. 

Police said the driver of the SUV made an illegal turn, striking the motorcycle.

The Northwest Expressway off ramp on I-44 was shut down as well as one of the eastbound Northwest Expressway lanes for about two hours while police worked the crash. 

Lt. Roger Bratcher with the Oklahoma City police department said the SUV was driving westbound on Northwest Expressway on the left side of the concrete barrier just to the east of the intersection. 

The motorcycle was also traveling westbound on the other side of the barrier. 

Lt. Bratcher said the driver of the SUV made an illegal right turn into the motorcycle. 

The man riding the motorcycle was pinned under the SUV. 

"The driver of the motorcycle was transported in very serious condition with major head trauma," Lt. Bratcher said.

Police said the motorcycle rider was not wearing a helmet. 

They're still working to determine if the driver of the SUV was under the influence of anything. 

"We do not believe so but we will have a field drug recognition expert check her out and do some sobriety tests but we do not believe she was," Lt. Bratcher said.

Motorists are allowed to make a right hand turn from the right of the barrier but not from the other side. 

It's an area officers said has been a problem before. 

"I believe they have worked several crashes here. I was talking to Springlake officers. They said they have worked several crashes right here at this intersection," Lt. Bratcher said.

The driver of the SUV was also taken to the hospital to be checked out. 

Police said she had not been cited as of Sunday night. 

The names of both drivers involved in the accident have not been released.