Crash kills local man |

Crash kills local man

A Yuba City auto pileup Sunday afternoon left one Grass Valley motorcyclist dead and two others seriously injured.

Christopher G. Hudgens, 37, was killed when traffic slowed to avoid trash flying from a pickup heading west on the 10th Street Bridge over Feather River. He was one of five motorcyclists behind the slowdown.

The first motorcyclist was able to change lanes and avoid a stopped vehicle, according to the Yuba City Police Department. The next three, including Hudgens, hit the rear of a sport utility vehicle and collided into each other.

Danny D. McManus and Katie A. Tamagni, 42, were seriously injured and airlifted to area hospitals. Jessica Steele, 25, who was a passenger on McManus’ vehicle, was able to walk away from the accident with minor injuries.

“We were like a family; everybody supports each other,” said Jill Curtis, also a motorcyclist and friend of all of the victims.

Curtis said Hudgens was the boyfriend of the motorcyclist who swerved and avoided the accident. Hudgens had an 18-year-old daughter, she said.

The fifth motorcyclist was able to stop safely, Yuba City police said. The 10th Street bridge was closed for six hours as traffic investigators gathered evidence and surveyed the scene with the help of the city’s engineering team.

Curtis has opened separate trust funds for McManus, Tamagni, and for the family of Hudgens. The funds are located at local branches of Citizens Bank: 305 Neal St., and 709 Sutton Way. Account numbers are not available, and potential donors are asked to identify which accident victims they wish to assist.

Curtis said she is also planning a fund-raiser later this month for the survivors and to help pay for Hudgens’ funeral expenses. She said she is looking for help in planning an event and with donations. She can be reached at 477-5355.

Hudgens’ funeral will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at Hooper and Weaver Mortuary. A reception will follow at the home of Hudgens’ father, Danny Hudgens, at 11734 Slate Creek Road.

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