AN 18-year-old learner motorbike rider was yesterday questioned over a crash that left his pillion passenger in hospital with serious head and spinal injuries and two other people with minor injuries.
The motorcyclist had been riding along Westbury Road with his 15-year-old passenger before the crash occurred outside the Prospect Vale Market Place about 11.30am.
Northern Crash Investigation Services Constable Nigel Housego said a blue Mazda hatchback had been turning right into the shopping centre carpark when the Suzuki motorbike crashed into its side door.
The 15-year-old West Launceston passenger was thrown from the bike.
He was admitted to Launceston General Hospital, with reports late last night that he was in a stable condition with back and head injuries.
The driver of the car, a 66-year-old Kings Meadows woman, and her 14-year-old passenger were taken to the Launceston General Hospital with minor injuries.
The bike rider, of Prospect, suffered fractures and was also taken to hospital and late last night was reported to be in a stable condition.
Constable Housego said the bike rider should not have had a passenger as he only had a learner's licence.
Police were investigating whether speed was a factor.
``We're not saying that the car that turned right is completely at fault,'' Constable Housego said.
``We would like to speak to anyone who saw the motorcycle or the blue Mazda before 11.30pm yesterday.''
The motorbike rider was tested for drugs and alcohol yesterday afternoon.
Police are continuing their inquiries.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Northern crash investigation services on 6336 3701.