A Grass Valley man sustained major head trauma after he lost control of a street bike and crashed in Alta Sierra Monday night.
Lee Walker, 26, was driving a 2011 motorcycle that was not street-legal, eastbound on Ball Road west of Ragan Way at an unknown speed at about 6 p.m., said California Highway Patrol Officer Dina Hernandez.
Walker lost control of the bike for unknown reasons and was ejected, landing in a rocky culvert. He was not wearing a helmet, Hernandez said.
CHP officers responded, as did firefighters from Nevada County Consolidated and Grass Valley.
Walker had significant injuries, including head trauma, and was flown by Calstar helicopter to a local trauma center.
Sutter Roseville Medical Center did not have any information on Walker Tuesday afternoon.
A Penn Valley resident was injured after he apparently fell asleep at the wheel and crashed his Jeep Wrangler Tuesday morning.
Rudis Delcid, 22, was driving on Highway 20 west of Brighton Street at about 4:30 a.m. when he drifted across the lanes, went up an embankment and rolled his Jeep, Hernandez said.
“It looks like he fell asleep,” she said.
Delcid, who was not wearing a seatbelt, sustained non-life threatening injuries, Hernandez said. He was transported to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. Grass Valley and Consolidated firefighters responded to find Delcid out of the vehicle, according to a press release from Grass Valley Fire Battalion Chief Mark Buttron.
A single lane of Highway 20 was briefly closed, and fire crews removed debris from the roadway, including several small trees.
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