Tuesday, 21 May 2024

Saturday motorcycle crash kills Nice resident

CLEARLAKE OAKS – A Nice man died Saturday afternoon in a crash that proved to be the second fatal motorcycle collision of the weekend.


Robert Edward Steinmier, 62, died in the crash, which occurred at 4:35 p.m. on Highway 20 east of Morine Ranch Road, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Mike Humble.


Humble said Steinmier was riding his 2001 Harley Davidson motorcycle westbound when he went over double yellow lines, attempting to pass vehicles.


Ahead of him, also traveling westbound, was a 2000 Chevy Sierra pickup truck driven by Douglas Wayne Cooper, 49, of Clearlake, Humble said.


Cooper, who was towing a boat trailer, slowed to make a left-hand turn into Clearlake Flagship Marine and Steinmier collided with the driver's side of the pickup, according to Humble.


Humble said Steinmier was pronounced dead at the scene.


There was no initial indication that alcohol was involved, however a full coroner's inquest is taking place, Humble said.


Earlier on Saturday, 30-year-old Mansur Balaei of Santa Rosa died after crashing his motorcycle head-on into a guard rail on Highway 175 three miles west of Lakeport, as Lake County News has reported.


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