Willits Man Dead After Accident on Hwy 20
Press release from the California Highway Patrol:
Party#1 was riding the Yamaha…eastbound on SR-20 near milepost marker 20MEN14.38. Party#1 caught up to another vehicle, which was also traveling eastbound. [Vehicle 1] and the second vehicle were approaching a moderate lefthand curve when Party#1 decided to pass the other vehicle while crossing over the solid double yellow lines. Party#1 crossed into the westbound lane while traveling through the lefthand curve and passed the other vehicle. Once Party #1 was [past] the other vehicle, he began to cross back into the eastbound lane. Party
#1 failed to properly negotiate the lefthand curve and he allowed [his motorcyle] to leave the roadway of SR-20 in a southeasterly direction. [It] left the roadway and collided into a large tree, Party #1 was ejected…Both Party #1 and [his vehicle] came to rest on the south downhill embankment of SR-20. Party #1 was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision.
Party #1 was wearing a DOT approved helmet at the time of the collision. Alcohol or drugs are not suspected to be a contributing factor in this collision.