Police: Motorcyclist driving on wrong side of road when hit, killed

By From page A5 | May 28, 2014

VACAVILLE — A motorcyclist who died Sunday on a city street was driving on the wrong side of the road when he was hit by an oncoming SUV, police said Monday.

The crash happened at approximately 3 p.m. on the 1800 block of East Monte Vista Avenue.

A 79-year-old Vacaville resident was driving a 2014 Honda CRV south on East Monte Vista Avenue when he hit a 26-year-old Vacaville resident who was driving a 2014 Harley-Davidson motorcycle on the wrong side of northbound East Monte Vista Avenue, police said Monday in a press update.

The vehicles collided head-on. The motorcyclist, identified by the Solano County Coroner’s Office as Richard Kirkpatrick, was thrown onto the roadway.

Police said a passer-by, along with responding police and fire personnel, tried to save the motorcyclist, who died at the scene.

The driver of the Honda CRV was taken to VacaValley Hospital for injuries caused when the vehicle’s air bags deployed, police said. His name was not released.

Police continued their investigation this week. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Officer Matt Thoma at 449-5200.

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This version updates the original to include the name of the deceased and to correct his age based on information provided by the Solano County Coroner’s Office.

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Glen Faison joined the Daily Republic as managing editor in September 2009. He previously worked as a reporter and editor for daily and weekly newspapers in the San Joaquin Valley for 20-plus years. His experience includes time as editor of the Golden Eagle, a military paper serving the Lemoore Naval Air Station. He graduated from Fresno State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and bleeds Bulldogs red. He is an avid fan of the NFL's Washington team, and attended the 1988 NFC Championship Game against the Minnesota Vikings at RFK Stadium. He's a member of the Fairfield-Suisun Twilight Rotary Club and a board member for the Solano County Library Foundation. He married his wife, Jill, in 2005, and has three children: Courtni, Tyler and Hayli.

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  • CD BrooksMay 27, 2014 - 6:28 am

    That's out there North of Lowe's where it goes into two lanes. Great place to open it up. Might the rider have "cut off the turn" and the oncoming driver never saw him until they collided? Sad and tragic, hope the elderly driver will recover. I'm sorry but we should not leave home for work or play and never return again because of an accident, it just isn't right. Use caution on the road, be defensive. Again sincere condolences.

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  • Friend of a friend...May 27, 2014 - 8:11 am

    He is a stunt rider and was doing a wheelie and went over the line into the car...something he did on a daily basis and was good at it. Sadly, one mistake can prove to be deadly. Ride in peace Rick...

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  • CD BrooksMay 27, 2014 - 8:26 am

    Friend, wow I remember riding along years ago on the freeway at 70mph and a guy rode up alongside me went right into a wheelie and rode it for miles. Impressive. Needless to say, not a good practice. Sorry.

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  • SKMay 27, 2014 - 9:15 am

    RIP Rick.

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  • BMay 27, 2014 - 10:10 am

    RIP Rick. Leaves behind a soon to be mother. Everyone please ride safe.

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  • SammyMay 27, 2014 - 2:07 pm

    I agree how can he b good at it going the wrong way it's sad but come on.

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  • Friend of a friendMay 28, 2014 - 5:19 pm

    It's called making ONE mistake...people are so heartless

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  • Common Sense.May 28, 2014 - 7:53 pm

    It's a little more than a "mistake" when it costs you your life and when you risk the lives of others on the road. One of his friends here said he road like this all the time. That's a whole lot of intentional reckless acts that eventually caught up to him. Luckily the only person he killed was himself.

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  • Whitney SmithJune 10, 2014 - 4:50 am

    To the 'Common Sense' writer, You are obviously someone who doesn't have many friends. To have friends means to be liked by other people. Why don't you stop wasting everyone's time and leave space for positive thoughts and prayers in recognition of a beautiful life lost and a beautiful life he created that is about to grace the world.

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  • Whitney smithJune 10, 2014 - 4:41 am

    To who wrote the comment, 'fall down the stairs and die', May 27th, 4:25pm, I wish I had the opportunity to see you in person and give you a well-needed reality check. Save your pathetic comments for someone who cares.

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  • CD BrooksJune 10, 2014 - 6:13 am

    Ms. Smith, nobody said fall down the stairs "and die." This site can be rough and probably not in your best interest to visit. Sorry for your loss.

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  • ricMay 27, 2014 - 3:00 pm

    DONT BE A BUNCH OF KEY BOARD JERKS !! this kid had a young family and we have all made mistakes this isnt the place to talk a bunch of crap . his family will be seeing these posts and they dont deserve to read the negativity some of you are spewing here . RIP SICK RICK my condlences to family of this well loved kids close family and friends

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  • SKMay 27, 2014 - 3:11 pm

    Any help is greatly appreciated! http://www.gofundme.com/9jje2w?nocache=1

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  • BMay 28, 2014 - 7:51 am

    Thank you for this ground breaking insight about his bad decision. You really helped everyone see the light, because it wasn't obvious enough to his loved ones.

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  • Friend of a friendMay 28, 2014 - 5:26 pm

    I have to agree Chief...wrong place and time to be doing what he did. Sad but true...

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  • FamilyJune 18, 2014 - 1:54 am

    Did it ever occur to anybody on here that maybe 3 1/2 weeks after he passed that a family member would have the courage to finally look up newspaper articles about their loved one at 1:30am because they cannot sleep and haven't slept in weeks because they miss him & are heartbroken...did it ever occur to you have empathy for a family who is grieving tremendously?! How dare those who made such insensitive comments about someone you obviously knew nothing about. Because if you knew richard you would know how much love he had for his family and friends. You would know how hard working he was. You would know how polite he was. You would know that his smile could brighten up anybody's day. And you would have his back because you would know he was always that one guy to have your back at any hour of any day! Yes his family had concern for the elderly man involved in this accident who hurt his hand and was sent home - unlike some of you, we aren't insensitive to the matter. Do you really feel as though you are perfect and never have made careless mistakes in your life? We all know that is not true! But if you really want to discuss your obligation to the newspaper to bash a young man who is no longer here with us, why don't you meet richards family in person to debate his character ... You can stare into a mothers grieving eyes and explain to her how wrong her son was! Or better yet you can explain that to the 400+ friends and family who attended his celebration of life! I pray that you are never faced with losing a loved one and feeling the pain we feel, to only open up a forum with such insensitivity to a family who doesn't deserve it.

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  • LalalaMay 27, 2014 - 11:48 pm

    Look at the big picture, he loved to ride and he loved his family. He didn't do this intentionally. You have ONE life and you can't just sit back and play it safe and call yourself happy. He was a SKILLED rider. Now is not the time to scold anyone on what choices they made. He died doing what he loved and was and will always be an inspiration to others. RIP RICK

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  • Huh?May 28, 2014 - 7:55 pm

    He didn't drive recklessly intentionally? How does that work?

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  • MichelleMay 31, 2014 - 12:29 pm

    Lalala, "you have to enjoy life and you can't play it safe pretending to be happy" or whatever the heck you said.. Is the same foolish logic that kills people every day. Rick could have easily done what he loved on a closed track or deserted road where he wasn't making the decision EVERY TIME to endanger someone else's life. How would this be if he was lucky enough to have lived but killed this innocent old man instead?????? Which could have easily happened! Any one of you a-holes being reckless on your bikes on a busy public street take the chance of hurtjng someone else every day. That isn't "doing what you love" it's being a complete moron with no awareness for others lives! It isn't cool, it isn't edgy, it isn't taking life by the balls.. It's being AWFUL. "YOLO"... Until you kill someone. Grow up.

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  • Whitney SmithJune 10, 2014 - 5:04 am

    Seriously, you are pathetic:) since you're so worried about the possibility of wasting another human being's life, why don't you get a life and stop wasting it by telling us all how wrong it was for this guy to do what he did. And the jab at his family about writing on his defense...? Do you even realize how pathetic and sad that sounds? Seriously thank you for the awareness on safe driving. Now beat it so others have a chance to praise what a beautiful soul he was and what a beautiful soul of his is on the way.

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  • So youngMay 28, 2014 - 6:58 am

    THATS WHAT ITS ALL ABOUT! Take a lesson from two wheeler for ever and take your anger and your grief and put it into something positive instead of trying to find someone to blame. Help his family by focusing on what a good person he was and the good things he did. Leave his kids some great memories and funny stories about their dad because this is how they're going to know him.

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  • BMay 28, 2014 - 8:22 am

    Selfish act on his part with a baby on the way..rip though

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  • Brian NewportMay 28, 2014 - 9:11 am

    Wow you guys are a bunch of disrespectful keyboard warriors!!! RIP SICK RICK. Condolences to ricks family and I'm sorry you have to read the trash talk about him.

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  • JasonMay 28, 2014 - 11:50 am

    Ric was a incredibly skilled rider, accidents happen all the time to professionals in their trade. Some loose their lives doing it. Sigfrid, and Roy were very skilled wild animals handlers weren't they..

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  • General Fadi BasemMay 28, 2014 - 10:37 pm

    So what word was it this time to get my comment censored out?

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  • SMHMay 28, 2014 - 12:03 pm

    Am I the only one concerned about the 79-year-old man who was taken to the hospital? I imagine I'd be very unhappy if my grandfather was the victim of someone's reckless act. Airbags can cause serious injury or death, especially to children and the elderly.

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  • General Fadi BasemMay 28, 2014 - 11:19 pm

    No SMH not at all. Seems that censorship is heavy tonight, kind of like the SF Chronichole website.

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  • SarahMay 31, 2014 - 12:43 pm

    You all need to stop making excuses for his behavior. Like Michelle said, you can morn his death without defending his decisions. He made some bad ones, processional biker or not, and it killed him and injured an innocent man. Luckily he didn't hurt anyone else too. Rest in peace rick, my others learn from your mistakes and not repeat them on a public roadway.

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  • pnuttyJune 09, 2014 - 8:18 am

    Didnt anyones mothers teach them iyou dont have anything nice to say dont say anything at all now would be a greatime for all you haters to bite your tongues and brake your fingers and stop trash talking a legend........RIP SICK RICK

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  • CD BrooksJune 09, 2014 - 8:34 am

    pnutty, I'm guessing the family of the elderly person injured while minding their own business doesn't share the legend point of view.

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  • DawnJanuary 03, 2015 - 8:31 pm

    Anyone lose a boston terrior

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  • DawnJanuary 03, 2015 - 8:33 pm

    I found a Boston bull terrior. Wondering if his family he left behind lost one?

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