Tuesday, 05 June 2007 01:48

Weekend Accident Numbers Down: Motorcyclists Account For Two Thirds

slide16With all the events in Amador County this past weekend, its surprising that our roadways were not more accident prone, with the CHP reporting 3 accidents between Friday and Sunday. The first accident reported occurred on Friday at 5:20pm on Hwy. 26 west of Hwy. 88. CHP Officer Steve Ladd reports that Jeanette Cast of Pioneer was traveling towards Hwy. 88 on 26 when Cast saw 2 deer walking across the road in front of her. She swerved to the right and applied her breaks causing her 1986 slid off the onto the right shoulder of the roadway and rolled down and embankment. Neither Cast nor her passenger was injured in the accident.

On Saturday morning at 9:40am a motorcycle collision occurred on Fiddletown road. According to Officer Craig Zaragoza’s report a motorcyclist was driving their 2006 Honda eastbound on Fiddletown road when he entered a right hand curve in the roadway. The man lost control of the motorcycle and struck the hillside on the north side of the road. The man, unidentified and from Davis suffered moderate injuries and was transported to SAH.  

On Sunday a more serious accident occurred on Hwy. 88 with a motorcycle vs. vehicle accident. Officer Melissa Scobee’s report indicates that Todd Novello, 35 of San Jose was driving his 2005 Kawasaki west bound on Hwy. 88 east of San Joaquin county line at a high rate of speed. 49 year old Kimberly Johnson of Minden Nevada was driving her 1989 Van west bound on Hwy. 88 a few cars ahead of Novello. Novello began to pass a vehicle on the left side and attempted to move back into the westbound lane to avoid oncoming traffic. Due to his high rate of speed was unable to move back into the west bound lane before colliding into the rear of Johnson’s van. The impact caused Novello to be ejected from his Kawasaki, while the motorcycle continued in a south easterly direction off the south side of the roadway edge. Novello suffered from a fractured right ankle.