On April 16, 2009 at approximately 7:41 p.m., a CHP Officer observed a 2007 black Kawasaki motorcycle traveling westbound on Madison Avenue at College Oak Drive at a high rate of speed. The Officer entered westbound Madison Avenue and caught up to the motorcyclist at Hillsdale Boulevard. The Officer ran the motorcycle plate on his mobile digital computer and activated his forward red emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop. The motorcyclist began to yield to the right curb then accelerated at a high rate of speed. The motorcyclist passed several vehicles on the right at a high rate of speed and then ran a red light at Madison Avenue and Jackson Street. A Sacramento County Sheriff deputy was traveling eastbound Madison Avenue in the left turn lane and was beginning to turn northbound onto Jackson Street on a green light. As the motorcyclist ran the red light at Madison Avenue and Jackson Street he failed to see the Deputy and the motorcycle struck the left front of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s patrol vehicle. The motorcycle continued out of control for approximately 200+ feet where it struck a bus stop bench, completely destroying it. Thomas Kimble, a 56 year old from Sacramento was seated on the bench when it was struck and he was thrown to the ground and sustained fatal injuries. The motorcyclist was ejected from the motorcycle and traveled in a westerly direction for approximately 250 feet through a parking lot and over a grass area before coming to rest in a business driveway. The motorcyclist was transported to Mercy San Juan Medical Hospital with serious injuries. The Sacramento County Sheriff Deputy did not sustain any injuries. CHP Valley Division MAIT (Multi Disciplinary Accident Investigation Team) responded to the scene and is handling the collision investigation.
The motorcyclist is a 17 year old male from Fair Oaks. He has been admitted to Mercy San Juan Hospital with major injuries but none that are life threatening. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision. The motorcyclist is being charged with Felony Gross Vehicular manslaughter, Felony Evading, and driving without a license.