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Motorcyclist dies, bicyclist critically injured in crashes

A Penn Valley man was killed in a motorcycle crash and a Nevada City bicyclist was fighting for his life after he was struck by a pickup truck in a dangerous weekend on area roads.

In a third crash, an Auburn man was flown to Sutter Roseville Medical Center after his motorcycle collided head-on with a car on Highway 174.

The last of the three weekend crashes occurred Sunday evening when Robert Ohrom of Penn Valley died after his motorcycle left Indian Springs Road.



The California Highway Patrol reported the 58-year-old man was traveling east when at around 5:35 p.m. he lost control of his motorcycle near Spenceville Road.

Ohrom suffered serious injuries to his head and shoulders after he was ejected from the motorcycle. He was pronounced dead at the scene, the CHP said.




According to the police report, Ohrom was wearing a helmet that was not certified by the state Department of Transportation although it has not been determined if a certified helmet would have saved his life.

On Saturday, Dana Reed of Nevada City suffered head injuries when his bicycle was struck around 9 a.m. by a Dodge Ram pick-up driven by Christy Olson of Grass Valley.

The 55-year-old man was riding bicycles with his wife, Marie, when he took a left turn from Loma Rica Road and onto Brunswick Road. While taking the turn, he was hit by the pickup driven by Olson, who had hit the brakes and swerved to avoid the bicyclist.

According to the police report, the right rear-end of the truck struck the bicycle, knocking Reed to the ground and causing the head injury even though he was wearing a helmet.

Reed was transported by air ambulance to Sutter Roseville Medical Center where surgery was performed. His wife said he was in a coma Monday afternoon. No citations were issued.

The second motorcycle crash of the weekend happened at approximately 5:30 p.m. Saturday on Highway 174. According to the CHP, Thomas Minkler of Auburn was traveling north when he swerved across a double yellow line and collided with a car driven by Etta Williams of Grass Valley.

The 68-year-old Minkler sustained major injuries and was flown to Sutter Roseville Medical Center. He also was cited for driving under the influence, according to the CHP.

Williams, 79, was taken by ambulance to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital where she was treated for cuts to her right arm. A condition report on Minkler was unavailable.

To contact Staff Writer Pat Butler, e-mail pbutler@theunion.com or call 477-4239.


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