On April 1, 2009 at approximately 4:15 p.m., a 35 year old male from Orangevale was riding his yellow 2002 Kawasaki ZX6R motorcycle on southbound Hazel Avenue approaching Lake Nimbus Drive at an extreme high rate of speed in the left lane. The speed limit at this location is 45 mph. Maria McCoy, a 68 year old from Fair Oaks was driving a blue 2001 Honda Accord on northbound Hazel Avenue at Lake Nimbus Drive and stopped in the two way left hand turn lane. McCoy observed a large break in traffic and began to make a left turn onto Lake Nimbus Drive. The high speed motorcyclist struck the right side of the Honda causing him to be ejected and thrown a short distance onto the roadway. The motorcyclist was life flighted by CHP helicopter to Sutter Roseville Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 5:02 pm. Due to the severe impact of the Honda, McCoy was knocked unconscious and her Honda rolled down the street for approximately eight house lengths on Lake Nimbus Drive before a citizen assisted in getting her vehicle stopped. McCoy was transported to Mercy San Juan Medical Center with minor abrasions and complaint of pain.
The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. His name is not being released at this time, pending notification of next of kin. Alcohol and/or drugs do not appear to be a contributing factor to this collision at this time. This collision is still under investigation.