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Santa Rosa Man Hurt In Novato Motorcycle Crash

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SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) — A Santa Rosa man was injured in a motorcycle accident Tuesday evening in Novato, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Michael Samples, 56, of Santa Rosa was riding a 2012 Triumph motorcycle northbound on U.S. Highway 101 just north of Atherton Avenue when he collided with a vehicle.

According to a preliminary report, Samples was traveling about 35 to 40 mph, splitting traffic between lanes. Just north of his location, a 1988 Dodge Ram pickup truck, driven by 60-year-old Qi Qe White Elk Ross, of Penngrove, was in the far left-hand land traveling about 35 to 40 mph.

Ross signaled and attempted to merge his pickup truck into the right lane while Samples was still south of his location, according to the CHP.

Samples attempted to pass the right side of the pickup truck but his motorcycle struck the right, rear side of the pickup truck.

Samples was ejected into a far right-hand lane and his motorcycle also came to a rest in the roadway, according to the CHP.

Novato Fire paramedics transported Samples to a hospital in Santa Rosa for treatment of a compound fracture to his lower left leg and a major fracture to his left femur.

Ross did not sustain any injuries, according to the CHP.

The two right-hand lanes were closed for about 20 minutes while Samples was transported.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

 

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