On Thursday night a man sitting a bus stop in Sacramento was struck and killed by a 17-year-old motorcyclist. The cyclist will be charged with felony gross vehicular manslaughter, evading arrest and driving without a license, authorities said today.
The cyclist, whose name has not been released because he is a minor, remains in Mercy San Juan Hospital, where he is being treated for injuries suffered after leading the CHP on a high-speed chase and crashing into a Sacramento County sheriff’s patrol car.
The incident began about 7:40 p.m., when a California Highway Patrol officer writing reports in the parking lot of a Target at Madison Avenue and College Oak Drive saw the motorcyclist speeding along Madison Avenue, CHP spokeswoman Liz Dutton said. The officer engaged in a pursuit heading west on Madison across the Highway 80 overpass. The cyclist was traveling an estimated 90 mph on a street with a 45 mph limit.
Near Hillsdale Boulevard, the motorcyclist signaled to the pursuing officer that he was going to stop but then sped up and ran a red light at the intersection with Jackson Street, Dutton said. There the cyclist collided with the sheriff’s car.
The impact caused the teen’s motorcycle, a 2007 Kawasaki, to slide about 250 feet and into Thomas Kimble, 56, who was sitting at the bus stop near Madison Avenue and Jackson Street in North Highlands, died at the scene. The rider was thrown another 250 feet. His injuries were described as being severe but not life-threatening.
This tragedy underscores the need for pedestrians and drivers to pay close attention to their surroundings. This cyclist’s negligent actions caused his motorcyle to slide roughly the distance of two football fields. The consequence of which has permanently impacted Mr. Kimble, his family, friends and loved ones.
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