Motorcyclist killed in Highway 49 wreck
July 3, 2013
A Citrus Heights man was killed when a woman driving a motorhome collided with his motorcycle Sunday afternoon.
The 35-year-old man, who has been identified as Matthew Duensing, was driving his 1999 Harley Davidson northbound on Highway 49 at about 4:15 p.m. when the accident occurred, said California Highway Patrol Officer Greg Tassone.
A woman, identified as Victoria Smith, 58, of Gardnerville, Nev., was parked on the right shoulder of the highway at Sharonjack Road in a 2008 Road Trek motorhome.
Smith was about to make a U-turn to head south on the highway, Tassone said.
She reportedly checked her mirrors and saw the motorcycle but told officers she believed she had time to make the U-turn.
Smith turned directly into the path of the motorcycle. Duensing swerved to the left in an attempt to avoid her but collided with the left front tire.
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He was thrown from his motorcycle and landed in front of the motorhome, Tassone said.
An off-duty firefighter arrived at the scene moments after the collision and found Duensing without a pulse, Tassone said. He began CPR, but Duensing was pronounced dead by paramedics who arrived at the scene shortly thereafter.
According to Tassone, Duensing was wearing a helmet that was not approved for motorcycles. The accident remains under investigation.
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