A 63-year-old Madera man succumbed to injuries sustained while trying to avoid a head-on-collision on Highway 49 Sunday.
Harold Choate was driving a 2003 Victory motorcycle traveling northbound on Highway 49 approaching Gun Club Road at approximately 20 to 25 mph at 11:13 a.m. Michelle Price, 70, of San Andreas, driving a 2009 Honda Civic, was stopped for three to four seconds waiting to turn left on Gun Club Road, when she turned directly into Choate’s path of travel. Choate was forced to lay his motorcycle down to avoid a collision, whereupon he was ejected from his vehicle and came to rest on the asphalt.
Choate was transported to Mark Twain Medical Center and then Fresno Community Regional Medical Center, where he succumbed to injuries. Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be factors in this collision, which is still under investigation.
Another motorcycle accident Sunday on Gold Strike Road and Leonard Road led to the moderate injury of the driver at 10 a.m. Kim Landry, 49, of San Andreas, was driving her 2015 Harley-Davidson westbound on Leonard Road at approximately 15 mph. She failed to negotiate the left-hand turn and struck a bridge railing. Landry was launched off her vehicle and fell off the bridge 15 to 20 feet to the bottom of the creek. She was taken by ambulance to Mark Twain Medical Center before being flown to Doctors Hospital in Modesto for moderate injuries. Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be factors in the collision.
A third motorcycle accident in West Point resulted in the driver sustaining major injuries Tuesday. John Dixon, 53, of Amador City, was traveling westbound on Highway 26 at Toloma Court at an unknown rate of speed on a 2000 Kawasaki Vulcan motorcycle when, for unknown reasons, he drove off the road and collided with a tree. He was flown to Memorial Hospital in Modesto for major injuries. Drugs and alcohol were not a factor in the collision.