Investigation Closes Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe after Motorcyclist dies in head-on collision
According to the California Highway Patrol, 61-year-old Rancho Cordova man, David White, was going east on Highway 50 near Echo Summit when he crossed the double yellow line and hit the Jeep being driven by Arthur Schallock.
Shallock, 89, and his wife, Dona, 86, sustained minor injuries. The Sonoma couple was transported to Barton Memorial Hospital.
A blue, 2013 Harley-Davidson motorcycle lies on the road after a fatal crash on Highway 6 in Mineral County on Sunday night. / Courtesy of NHP
UPDATE: Highway 50 was closed for about 90 minutes Friday just east of Echo Summit Road as police investigated a collision that killed a motorcyclist.
California Highway Patrol spokesman Jeff Gartner said the name of the motorcyclist has not been released by the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office’s Coroner Division because officials want to give the family time to notify other kin of the deceased.
According to a CHP report, the man killed in the collision was traveling east as he began riding downhill and approached a righthand turn.
As the motorcyclist made the turn, he reportedly drove in front of a 2008 Jeep Liberty being driven by an 89-year-old man traveling west.
“A preliminary investigation shows the solo motorcyclist traveled across the painted double yellow lines resulting in a head-on collision with the Jeep Liberty,” the report stated.
The collision was reported to have occurred at 10:54 a.m., and the motorcyclist was pronounced dead by officials at 11:07 a.m., police said.
The report stated the driver and the passenger of the Jeep sustained minor injuries and were transported to Barton Memorial Hospital, the report stated.
The motorcyclist was wearing his helmet at the time of the collision, and neither speeding nor alcohol appeared to be a factor, Gartner said.
Highway 50 Reopens Near Echo Summit After Fatal Accident
ORIGINAL STORY: One lane of Highway 50 has reopened after the highway was closed for more than an hour as the result of a major injury collision in South Lake Tahoe, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The eastbound lane is expected to be open within 15 minutes.
Westbound and eastbound traffic will get alternate opportunities to move through the area, near Echo Summit Road, according to CHP reports online.
The collision occurred about 11 a.m.