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2 Novato Motorcyclists Injured in West Marin Crash

Speeds of up to 100 mph led to a wreck on Point Reyes-Petaluma Road, the CHP says.

Speeds of up to 100 mph are being blamed for a crash that resulted in major injuries to two Novato motorcyclists Wednesday night in the rolling hills just west of Novato, according to the California Highway Patrol.

One rider suffered a severely severed, broken arm and cuts after the two cycles collided on Point-Reyes Petaluma Road, just south of the junction of Novato Boulevard, according to CHP Officer Eric Hohmeister. The other rider had a broken arm. Drugs and alcohol were not believed to be a factor, Hohmeister said.

The crash forced a 1-hour road closure. CHP personnel and Marin  County Sheriff deputies provided one-way traffic control until about 10 p.m., when the roadway was fully reopened. 

At about 7:45 p.m.., 20-year-old Robert Kline of Novato was riding his 2010 Yamaha R6 motorcycle, southbound on Point Reyes-Petaluma Road at an estimated 100 mph, and  Erik Dyvad, 20 was riding a 2004 Honda 600RR at between 60 and 100 mph, according to the CHP report. Dyvad braked for an unknown reason and Kline couldn't stop in time, resulting in a collision that sent both riders flying.

Dyvad's Honda crossed the oncoming lane and left the road, and the rider was ejected. He crashed down on his shoulder and slid as the motorcycle continued on and struck a telephone pole.

Kline's Yamaha rammed through a barbed wire fence,and began to overturn. Kline hit the ground and the barbed wire fence, coming to rest in a field not far from his bike.

A Marin County Fire emergency crew took Kline to Marin General Hospital for treatment of a nearly severed left leg, broken left arm and lacerations. Another medic rew took Dyvad to Marin General for treatment of a broken left arm.

 

willow July 27, 2012 at 07:22 AM
There was a similar head-on crash on Sir Francis Drake in Fairfax Sunday night but it was never reported in the I.J. or Patch. Fairfax PD closed Drake in both directions for an hour.
Alex Horvath July 27, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Clearly these Yahoos were trying to break in their Orthopedic Training Devices -- er, Motorcycles... These guys put the lives of others in danger. Good thing that any drivers on the road were not injured.
D Rex July 27, 2012 at 05:06 PM
even with those injuries, they should consider themselves lucky. And that they did not injure anyone else. Alcohol does not need to be involved for people to be doing stupid things.
NovatoGuy July 30, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Good. They injured only themselves.
Sandy Agajan July 30, 2012 at 07:12 AM
Please, have some compassion. Both young men and their families need our positive thoughts, prayers and support as they recover from their injuries.
confucius July 31, 2012 at 04:24 PM
daddy wasnt hitting it right this morning?
confucius July 31, 2012 at 04:24 PM
i like the double chin alex.

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