Friday, 17 May 2024

CHP identifies fatal motorcycle crash victim

LAKE COUNTY – On Tuesday the California Highway Patrol identified the motorcycle rider who died in a single-vehicle collision Sunday night.


CHP Officer Adam Garcia said that James O'Donnell, 42, of Santa Rosa died in a motorcycle crash that occurred at Konocti Harbor Resort and Spa.


O'Donnell was riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle with 44-year-old Shelly Grove of Santa Rosa riding as a passenger when the crash occurred, said Garcia. Both were wearing helmets.


Garcia said O'Donnell and Grove were riding from the resort's lodge toward Soda Bay Road when O'Donnell popped a wheelie, causing the bike to go off the road and over the curb.


The motorcycle hit a tree and a large rock, and both O'Donnell and Grove were ejected from the bike, said Garcia.


Helicopters landed at Riviera Elementary School to transport O'Donnell and Grove to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. Garcia said O'Donnell was pronounced dead at the helicopter landing zone, while Grove was transported with major, life-threatening injuries.


Garcia said investigators aren't certain how fast the motorcycle was traveling at the time the crash occurred.


Toxicology tests are pending to determine if O'Donnell was under the influence, said Garcia.


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