FAIRFIELD — A 37-year-old motorist accused of running down a pair of Harley-Davidson enthusiasts – husband and wife – the morning of Sept. 29 was ordered Monday to stand trial on a pair of assault with a deadly weapon charges and a felony hit-and-run charge.
The husband and wife, during a probable cause hearing for Kenneth S. Montgomery, described being on a ride with some friends from their home in San Mateo to Reno. They were just east of Vacaville when they encountered Montgomery driving his Volkswagen Passat in the fast lane around 10 a.m.
Montgomery has pleaded not guilty.
An eyewitness testified he saw Montgomery’s sedan come speeding up within a few feet of the couple’s Harley-Davidson before crossing into the center divide and then briefly driving alongside them at 75 mph. Then the sedan suddenly veered to the right, striking the motorcycle. The impact caused the motorcycle and the riders to slam to the asphalt in front of the eyewitness, who barely missed running the couple down.
The husband testified he had six broken ribs, a broken shoulder and a broken collar-bone along with a ruptured spleen as a result of the incident. From the witness stand he showed Judge E. Bradley Nelson the scars on his arm from the several cuts and abrasions from the crash.
The wife testified her tumbling on the freeway caused a broken wrist, a hole in one leg, serious cuts and bleeding of her hands.
As the severely injured couple and their demolished motorcycle lay on the asphalt near the Meridian Road overpass, the Volkswagen drove off without stopping.
A California Highway Patrol officer said Montgomery pulled off the freeway near the outskirts of Dixon where he told a CHP officer making an unrelated traffic stop that he had seen an accident a few minutes earlier. Montgomery was arrested after having no explanation for why other motorists had described Montgomery driving in the center divide alongside the motorcyclists.
Nelson ordered Montgomery, who has been in jail since arrest, to stand trial on the three felony charges and hiked his bail from $ 55,000 to $ 120,000.
Montgomery was ordered to return to court Dec. 11 when trial dates may be set. He faces up 12 years in prison if convicted of all charges.