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Harley Rider Dies After Colliding with Light Pole in Santa Rosa— Police Searching for Other Motorcycle Potentially Involved

At approximately 12:06 p.m. a large group of motorcycles rumbled northward on Santa Rosa’s Mendocino Avenue. Investigators are unclear how it occurred, but a man in his mid-fifties riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle lost control and plowed into a light pole.

First responders arrived on the scene, loaded the patient in an ambulance with life-threatening injuries, but he would succumb to them shortly after.

Santa Rosa Police Department investigators believe another motorcycle was involved in the collision that did not stay on the scene. That motorcycle is described as a “90’s Enduro motorcycle with a yellow gas tank and white front fender. The Enduro possibly had a faded blue rear fender.”

The driver of the motorcycle is described as a white male adult with a medium to husky build. He reportedly wore a brown camouflage shirt, a light tan vest, a backward hat, and a black helmet with a silver design on it.

SRPD is asking for the community’s help: “anyone with information about the investigation is encouraged to contact SRPD through our online Tip Line: www.srcity.org/CrimeTips or directly to Accident Investigator Officer Ferrigno at 707-543-3636.”

An image published by the Santa Rosa Police Department of the motorcycle sought after today’s fatal collision.

The following is the press release Santa Rosa Police Department published regarding the traffic collision and subsequent investigation

On Sunday, March 20, 2022, at 12:06 PM, Santa Rosa Police Department patrol officers responded to the area of Bicentennial Way and Mendocino Av regarding a motorcyclist the collided with a light pole. Based on the severity of the call, SRPD Communications Dispatchers also sent the Santa Rosa Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services. When officers arrived on scene, they located an adult male lying in the roadway, near an early 90’s Harley Davidson motorcycle. The adult male was in his mid-50’s had sustained life-threatening injuries. The motorcyclist was immediately transported to a local hospital, but was pronounced deceased a short time later. Identity of the motorcyclist is pending notification of his family.

SRPD Accident Investigators took over the investigation and Field & Evidence Technicians processed the scene. Officers learned that dozens of motorcyclists were in the area for an unknown event or ride. The group was driving northbound Mendocino Av and turned eastbound onto Bicentennial Way. Approximately 200 yards east of Mendocino Av, the driver of the 90’s Harley Davidson Motorcycle lost control and crashed into a light pole, on the south side of the roadway. Accident investigators believe there may have been another motorcycle involved in this collision, but that driver did not stay on scene. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the deceased motorcyclists driving.

SRPD Accident Investigators need to speak with the other motorcyclist who was possibly involved in this collision. The second motorcycle and driver were described as:

Motorcycle: 90’s Enduro motorcycle with a yellow gas tank and white front fender. The Enduro possibly had a faded blue rear fender.

***The below photo of an Enduro motorcycle is only a similar type, it is not the exact motorcycle from this incident***

Driver: White male adult, medium to husky build, wearing a brown camouflage shirt, light tan vest, backward hat, and a black helmet with a silver design on it.

This investigation is still ongoing, and Accident Investigators have significant investigative work to follow up on. We need our community’s help, anyone with information about the investigation is encouraged to contact SRPD through our online Tip Line: www.srcity.org/CrimeTips or directly to Accident Investigator Officer Ferrigno at 707-543-3636. This is the fourth fatal vehicle collision in 2022.

Media Release: https://local.nixle.com/alert/9318728/

SRPD case number 22-3145

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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFeverhttps://mendofever.com/
Picking Brains—Baring Bones—Playing it By Ear: I'm a reporter in Mendocino County and the Founder of MendoFever.

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