Two Injured in Motorcycle Accident on Hwy 1

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Press release from the California Highway Patrol:

On 06/27/2018, at 1755 hours, a 2004 Yamaha motorcycle was being operated by Michael A. Shirk, 55 from Paola, Kansas, southbound SR-1 south of mile post marker 100.39 in an unincorporated area of Mendocino County. For reasons still under investigation, the Yamaha traveled off the west road edge, down the tree and vegetation covered embankment, at which time the driver and passenger of the Yamaha were ejected from the motorcycle. As a result of the collision, the passenger, Kathleen Shirk, sustained moderate injuries and she was transported by Cal-Star Air Ambulance to Santa Rosa Memorial in Santa Rosa, CA. Michael A. Shirk sustained minor injuries but declined to be transported for medical care.

This collision remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol- Garberville Office.

The following agencies responded to the scene and assisted with this incident; City Ambulance of Eureka, Leggett Volunteer Fire, Cal-Fire, Piercy Volunteer Fire, Laytonville Volunteer Fire and Cal-Star Air Ambulance.



  • All the way from Kansas and Hwy 1 bites them. Here’s to a speedy recovery and to happy travels.

  • Many of our unimproved two lane state routes were originally wagon trails/Native trails. They are not aligned for anything but very slow travel in many places, particularly that portion of CA 1. It is a wonder with so little driver training anymore that there are not more incidents and accidents along 1, 36, even 199 and 299.

    I wish these folks a speedy recovery and I am not blaming them for having an accident. Shit happens.

    But let’s be clear. Our roads aren’t the problem most of the time.

    As a comment on another article said earlier this week, “Look out for those redwoods that will leap out in front of you!”

    Sometimes the road will run away from you too.

    Again, I wish these folks well and hope we do not read more articles like this over the summer.

    Slow down! Enjoy the scenery.

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