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Worker killed in accident to be remembered

Eric Vodden
Special to The Union

A Caltrans worker killed in a tragic motorcycle accident earlier this year in south Sutter County will be remembered at the same intersection where he lost his life.

A concurrent resolution of the state Senate and Assembly will name a planned interchange at Highway 99 and Riego Road for Dean Patton of Grass Valley.

Patton, 51, was killed May 2 while riding his motorcycle with other cyclists on their way to a Caltrans memorial at the capitol in Sacramento.

The accident occurred when a 73-year-old Sacramento woman was driving her 2005 Toyota Matrix northbound on Riego Road and made a left-hand turn onto Highway 99 in front of the motorcycle riders, according to the California Highway Patrol. Patton did not have time to brake or take evasive action, the CHP said. He was thrown from the motorcycle and pronounced dead at the scene.

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Patton started his career with Caltrans in 2006 and spent the vast majority of his career at the Marysville Special Crews Yard on the “Stormwater Crew.”

He had recently moved to the Nevada City Maintenance Yard.

The concurrent resolution was introduced by state Sen. Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber, who represents Yuba-Sutter, and Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Rocklin.

Construction on the interchange is expected to begin this year.

“In his private life, Mr. Patton sought to improve his community through public service, active involvement in the Twin Cities Church in Grass Valley, helping others better themselves through Alcoholics Anonymous and coaching a Little League team for children with special needs,” the concurrent resolution said.

Eric Vodden is a reporter with the Marysville Appeal-Democrat.


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