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Willits Man Killed After Fatal Head-On Collision in Lake County


The following is a press release issued by the California Highway Patrol Clear Lake Office:

[Stock photo by Matt LaFever]

On September 12, 2023, at approximately 1908 hours, Clear Lake unit 7-61, Officer Erickson, ID 19200, received a call of a crash involving a 2005 Harley-Davidson motorcycle and a 2020 Dodge 5500 truck on State Route 20 (SR-20) east of Rosemont Dr.  Upon arrival, officers located both vehicles partially in the eastbound lane, and partially on the south shoulder.  Initial indications are that party #1 traveling westbound on SR-20 at an unknown speed, crossed over the solid double yellow lines into the eastbound lane where it collided head-on with the 2020 Dodge 5500 truck traveling eastbound on SR-20.  As a result of the crash, party #1, a 43-year-old male from Willits, sustained fatal injuries. Party #1 was pronounced deceased on scene by medical personnel.  Party #2 and his passenger (Tirri) were not injured in the crash. Party #1’s name is being withheld pending next of kin notification. 

Clear Lake Area Sergeant, Joel Skeen, responded to the scene and assumed incident command. Officer Erickson will be handling the investigation.   


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  1. I was traveling eastbound on 20 about 7:30 pm when a motorcycle crossed the double yellow lines to pass our vehicle. I’m very sad he was later killed because he lacked caution for the law.


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