Three injured over weekend in separate motorcycle crashes |

Three injured over weekend in separate motorcycle crashes

Three men were injured in Nevada County over the weekend in three separate motorcycle crashes, two of them possibly influenced by alcohol.

The first accident occurred Saturday, when 42-year-old Arthur Salvo was riding a miniature motorcycle at a campground near Scotts Flat Reservoir at about 5:05 p.m.

Salvo reportedly tried to turn the bike to the right and braked too hard, overturning the motorcycle and landing on his face. He was not wearing a helmet and suffered an open head wound, California Highway Patrol Officer George Kirbyson said.

Salvo was transported by helicopter to Sutter Roseville Medical Center. The highway patrol believes alcohol might have been involved in the crash.

Several hours later, at 12:30 a.m. Sunday, 19-year-old Michael Williams of North San Juan was injured when he crashed a small Honda motorcycle into a wooden stake on his property, north of Pleasant Valley Road.

Williams was also not wearing a helmet. He suffered cuts to his legs and arms and was taken to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.

At 4:50 p.m. Sunday, a Lake of the Pines man was injured after he crashed a Honda 200XR motorcycle on private property off Scopar Road. Thomas Stofleth, 42, reportedly crashed the motorcycle into a tree, and suffered injuries to his back and neck. He was airlifted to Sutter Roseville.

The highway patrol is also investigating the possible use of alcohol in that crash.

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