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Santa Rosa Police Department
Sunday April 24th, 2022 :: 11:11 a.m. PDT


Fatal Motorcycle Accident

On 04/24/22, at approximately 0310 hrs, patrol officers from the California Highway Patrol observed a motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed on Highway 101. The motorcycle exited at the Baker Ave offramp and the Officers initiated a traffic stop at Flower Ave.  The motorcycle fled at a high rate of speed Eastbound on Flower toward Petaluma Hill Rd.  The officers pursued but quickly canceled their pursuit due to the high rate of speed and the danger to the public's safety.  The Officer advised they had last seen the motorcycle fleeing south on Petaluma Hill Rd at the intersection with Yolanda Ave.  The Officers then returned to their patrol duties. 
At approximately 0315 hours, the Santa Rosa Police Department received a 911 call reporting a solo motorcycle collision at Petaluma Hill Rd and Old Petaluma Hill Rd. Police, Fire, and Medical personnel responded to the scene.  The original CHP Officers who had initiated and canceled their pursuit of the motorcycle also heard the call and responded to the area.  
The CHP officers arrived on the scene first and located the motorcycle which had struck a telephone pole.  The driver and sole occupant had been thrown approximately 200 ft from the collision and appeared to be severely injured.  The CHP Officers immediately began administering medical treatment until they were relieved by arriving Fire and Medical personnel.  Unfortunately, the motorcycle driver sustained major injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Members of the Santa Rosa Police Department's Traffic Division responded and took over the investigation.  The driver has not yet been identified.
Anyone with information related to the collision can contact SRPD Accident Investigator Mike Mieger at (707) 543-3636 or [email protected].  Any additional press inquiries can be directed to Lt M Sprague at [email protected] 

Santa Rosa Police Department
965 Sonoma Ave
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 707-543-3600

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