Arcata Motorcyclist Dies After Crash With SUV on Hwy 299

CHP Feature FatalityPress release from the California Highway Patrol:

On July 23, 2017, at approximately 3:40 pm, Party #1 (the decendent) was traveling eastbound on SR-299 near the Francis B. Mathews rest area, between Salyer and Hawkins Bar. For an unknown reason Party #1 allowed his motorcycle to travel into the westbound lane directly into the path of Party #2, who was traveling westbound. The motorcycle collided nearly head on with the SUV. As a result of the collision the motorcycle left the roadway and Party #1 was ejected. Party #1 sustained fatal injuries and was determined to be deceased by Fire/Rescue personnel at the scene. It is currently unknown if drugs or alcohol were a factor.

Personnel from the California Highway Patrol, the Trinity County Sheriffs Office, the Salyer Volunteer Fire Department, and the Hawkins Bar Volunteer Fire Deparbnent responded to the scene.

The identity of Party #1 is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin. This investigation is ongoing.CHP traffic collision report July 23 2017



  • Sad! Excess speed? Drugs/alcohol? Target fixation? They are all dangerous, and particularly so to my fellow riders.

  • People falsely assume motorcyclists can’t fall asleep at the wheel.
    R.I.P. Free Soul.

  • I love my H.D. sportster. I drive like everyone can’t see me. I may be slow but still kicking.
    They don’t call them ” Donor cycles” for nothing.
    Sad to read. R.I.P.

  • Rest In Peace brother rider!
    Stay safe Humco!

  • decedent RIP

  • RIP, you were someone to your family. So sorry for your loss-to the family. And people, please dont comment about assumptions. The Post already said Drugs an Alcohol have not been determined yet. A human life does mean somthing, regardless if we know the person or not!

  • This was my ex husband n friend Don Miller. They said Arcata resident, but he had been living in Willow Creek for a few months. He worked at Ray’s in W.C. When he was young, he lived at Suzy Q Ranch, on Suzy Q road, right near where the accident happened. He went to EHS, class of 80. There is no update on the cause of the crash. Too many accidents around here, this summer. Terrible.

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