VACAVILLE — A 36-year-old Vacaville man suffered major head injuries Thursday when his motorcycle hit a big-rig truck that was turning in front of him.
The motorcyclist was originally taken by ground ambulance to Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center, but was then flown to Kaiser in South Sacramento because of his injuries, said Sgt. Mark Donaldson.
As of press time, the man was undergoing surgery and was in critical condition, Donaldson said.
Donaldson said the man’s identity was being withheld pending notification of kin. The man was wearing a “skull cap” type of helmet and suffered severe injuries to the back of his head, Donaldson said.
The accident happened around 12:30 p.m. and forced Vacaville police to shut down Nut Tree Road near Alamo Drive for three hours while they investigated. The Raley’s truck sat facing north, with the cab about to enter the driveway of a shopping center, crossing both lanes of traffic.
The motorcycle was traveling south and was destroyed on impact, sending parts several feet in all directions. Many of the pieces were decorated with custom Oakland Raiders designs.
Donaldson said the investigation is ongoing, but it seemed the motorcycle driver wasn’t speeding, based on the skid mark leading to the point of impact. He said that based on the position of the truck, it appeared the truck driver pulled in front of the motorcycle.
The driver, Rickie Williams of Sacramento, was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, Donaldson said. He was not cited at the scene and Donaldson said the investigation would be forwarded to the Solano County District Attorney’s Office, which will make the decision about filing possible charges.
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