Saturday, 02 December 2023

Clearlake man dies following Wednesday morning crash

COBB – A Wednesday morning crash claimed the life of a local man.

Frank Hartmann IV, 21, of Clearlake was pronounced dead at UC Davis Medical Center, where he was flown by REACH air ambulance after the crash, which occurred at approximately 6:50 a.m. Wednesday, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Steve Tanguay.

Tanguay said Hartmann was driving a 1972 Harley Davidson motorcycle northbound on Harrington Flat Road south of Sulphur Creek Road.

Witnesses reported that Hartmann was traveling at a high rate of speed and passed two vehicles over painted solid double yellow lines, according to Tanguay.

As Hartmann entered a curve in the roadway, he lost control of the motorcycle, which Tanguay said struck a dirt embankment on the east side of the roadway.

The motorcycle returned to the roadway where it overturned, ejecting Hartmann from the motorcycle, Tanguay said. Hartmann landed approximately 100 feet from where the motorcycle overturned.

South County Fire responded to the collision scene and transported Hartmann to a landing zone where REACH then transported him to U.C. Davis Medical Center, where Hartmann was pronounced deceased, Tanguay said.

Neither drugs nor alcohol are considered to be factors in this collision, which Tanguay said is still under investigation by Officer Brian Engle.


Later in the evening it was reported that candles had been left in the roadway near the crash scene.



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