On Sunday, March 28, 2021, at approximately 5:38 p.m., a motorcyclist from Fair Oaks, CA, was riding a 2002 American at a high rate of speed, eastbound on Highway 104 west of Ione Michigan Bar Road. An on-duty Amador California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officer was traveling westbound, in a 2018 Dodge Charger patrol vehicle, on Highway 104 and observed the motorcyclist traveling at a high rate of speed coming towards him.
The CHP Officer activated the patrol vehicle's forward red lights and began to slow and pull to the north shoulder in preparation to conduct an enforcement stop. The motorcyclist applied the motorcycle's brakes and lost control. The motorcyclist traveled across the roadway in a northeasterly direction and crossed the westbound lane of Highway 104. The CHP Officer brought the patrol vehicle to a stop completely on the north shoulder. The motorcyclist continued in a northeasterly direction, traveled onto the north shoulder and struck the right front of the CHP patrol vehicle. The motorcyclist sustained fatal injuries as a result of this collision and the CHP Officer was not hurt. The name of the motorcyclist has not been released pending notification of next of kin.
This collision is under investigation and it is unknown if alcohol and/or drugs played a role. If anyone witnessed or has further information regarding this collision, they are asked to contact the Amador Area California Highway Patrol Office at (209) 223-4890.