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Young motorcyclist injured in Cape Horn area collision

CALSTAR called to transport 13-year-old to Davis hospital
By: Martha Garcia, Colfax Record Editor
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A teenager riding an off road motorcycle in the Cape Horn area was injured in a collision with a vehicle Sunday evening and had to be airlifted to a Davis hospital. According to Todd Kettwig, public information officer for the California Highway Patrol Gold Run office, the 13-year-old local male was traveling north on Rock Rose Road, a private roadway, at about 6:30 p.m. As the Honda 70 rounded a curve, it drifted into the opposing lane and was struck by the oncoming Volkswagen Cabriolet driven by a 17-year-old male. The motorcycle driver was transported via the CALSTAR helicopter to the University of California, Davis Pediatric Center in Davis, for a possible fracture to his leg and other bumps and bruises. The 17-year-old was not injured. Kettwig said it was fortunate that the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet and the vehicle driver had his seatbelt fastened. “On the back roads, it’s a good idea to wear helmets and seat belts, which in this situation prevented a tragedy,” he said. Kettwig reminded motorists to drive on the correct side of the road, which is the right side, when traveling on narrow roadways. He also said it is important to “reduce speeds, pay attention to the roadway ahead by maintaining what we call a high visual horizon and to anticipate the unexpected.” – Martha Garcia