Arcata Motorcyclist Dies After Crash With SUV on Hwy 299
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.