Monterey – A motorcyclist sustained fatal injuries in an accident that occurred Sunday afternoon on a road west of Highway 1 in Monterey County, according to the California Highway Patrol.
A 56-year-old male from San Jose was riding a 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle westbound on Molera Road west of Highway 1 at about 1:30 p.m.
Noemi Sanchez, 27, of Salinas was driving a 1999 GMC Suburban in the same direction ahead of the motorcycle. The Suburban slowed down to attempt a left turn. The motorcyclist began to pass on the left as the vehicle began its left turn. The motorcycle rider moved right to avoid the GMC Suburban and the motorcyclist struck the rear of the vehicle, sustaining deadly injuries as a result.
The Suburban driver, her adult passenger, as well as four juveniles ranging in age from three months to seven years old, sustained no injuries as a result of the traffic collision.
The identity of the motorcycle rider is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Alcohol and drugs are not suspected at this time and the collision is still under investigation.
The CHP, Monterey County Sheriff’s Office and the North Monterey County Fire Department emergency medical personnel responded and provided medical aid and traffic control.
The CHP reminds riders of motorcycles of a few basic rules to help make the roads safer:
• Dress properly: Suit up in clothing that is durable and covers from helmet on down. Make sure the helmet is Department of Transportation approved, long sleeved jacket and pants with armor and abrasion-resistant fabric, footwear that covers the ankle, face shield or goggles, and gloves.
• Do not push it: Be aware of your abilities as a rider and do not try to go beyond them.
• Be visible: Drivers in cars and trucks do not always see motorcycles. Wear a light-colored helmet and gear with reflective tape or trim.
James Herrera can be reached at 831-726-4344.