Sunday, February 5, 2023

Fort Bragg Fatal Motorcycle Crash Occurred Moments After Officers Saw Biker ‘Driving Recklessly’


The following is a press release issued by the Fort Bragg Police Department:

First responders last night as they investigated the fatal motorcycle collision [Picture provided by a Fort Bragg resident]

On December 09, 2021 at approximately 10:16 p.m., Officers were conducting foot patrol in the downtown when they observed two motorcycles driving recklessly at the intersection of N. Franklin Street and E. Redwood Street. Officers returned to their vehicles and began checking the area for the motorcycles.

While checking the last known direction of travel of the motorcycles, Officers located Dennis Day lying in the roadway in the 500 Block of E. Pine Street. Day had no pulse and Officers initiated life saving measures utilizing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and an Automated Defibrillator Device (AED). Medical staff arrived on scene to assist officers with CPR, however Day was pronounced deceased on scene.

Based on witness statements and the initial traffic collision investigation, Officers determined that Day was driving his motorcycle at excessive speeds eastbound on E. Pine Street when he struck a parked pickup truck. The force of the collision ejected Day from his motorcycle and he landed in the street where Officers found him. After Day was ejected from the motorcycle, the motorcycle continued eastbound, rolling through a wooden fence and colliding with a parked vehicle nearly 175 feet away from the initial collision. Once the motorcycle struck the second parked vehicle, the motorcycle became airborne and entered a plate glass window in the living room of a nearby residence. The residence was occupied at the time, however the occupants had recently left the living room in order to go to bed for the evening.

During the initial investigation, Officers determined that Day was in possession of a firearm at the time of the collision. The force of the collision caused the firearm to be dislodged from Day’s person resulting in firearm parts and live ammunition being spread through the area.

Officers were able to confirm that Day was the motorcyclist who was previously observed driving recklessly in the downtown. The second motorcyclist initially observed was also stopped and identified at the scene of the collision. An investigation continues to determine whether any criminal charges will be brought against the second motorcyclist.

The Fort Bragg Police Department extends it condolences to the individuals effected by this incident. We have activated our Department Chaplain and will be offering Chaplain Services to the public and to our Officers who were involved in this investigation. Questions regarding this press release may be directed to Captain O’Neal at 707-961-2800 ext. 120 or at

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  1. Absolutely heartbreaking the world lost an amazing soul r.i.p. Dennis forever in our hearts love ya kiddo

  2. Condolences and prayers for the family. I am Very sorry for your loss. Also, praying for the first responders. My heart goes out to them as well. And the family who received the motorcycle through their plate glass window. Praying for all of you. Life is so fragile. May God comfort you all in your time of great sorrow and grief. 🙏

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