We have received unconfirmed reports that a group of Caltrans maintenance workers from District 3 were en route to today's Caltrans memorial in Sacramento when a driver ran a red light and struck their vehicle. One worker has reported to been killed. This is a developing story and we will bring you the latest as it comes in.
(UPDATE) 1:13 p.m.-At approximately 8:18 a.m. this morning, 73-year-old Jintana Walker was driving north on Highway 99 approaching Riego Road in her 2005 Toyota Matrix at roughly 35 mph when she prepared to make a left onto Riego Road to head West. The Caltrans Maintenance Worker was on his Harley Davidson in the number two lane of southbound Highway 99 North of Reigo Road. The Worker was riding in a group of 11 to 12 motorcycles heading to the Caltrans memorial in Sacramento. As one motorcycle and another uninvolved vehicle cleared the intersection, the Worker on his motorcycle started to enter the intersection.
Simultaneously, Walker in her Toyota made the left turn onto Reigo Road directly in front of the Worker. The Worker did not have any time to react and take evasive action. As a result Walker hit the Worker on who was ejected from his motorcycle. Walker did not sustain any injuries and neither drugs nor alcohol do not appear to have been a factor in the accident. Walker was not arrested, and the name of the Worker has not been released pending notification of family.
Highway 99 was reduced to one lane of travel southbound for clean up and investigation. Riego Road was closed during this time, but all roadways were reopened at 10:40 a.m.
The group of motorcyclists were identified as Caltrans riders on their way to the Caltrans memorial at the state capitol today by California Highway Patrol. The memorial was held eight days after two of its employees were killed by a rockslide while working to protect the traveling public, Caltrans also honored its 180 employees who have lost their lives on the job at its 23rd Annual Workers Memorial today.
(UPDATE) 3:01 p.m.- The Caltrans Worker who was killed in a motorcycle accident on Highway 99 and Reigo Road this morning has been identified as 51-year-old Dean Patton from Grass Valley, who worked out of Nevada City.
Patton started his career with Caltrans in 2006, and spent the vast majority of his career at the Marysville Special Crews Yard on the “Storm Water Crew.” He recently moved to the Nevada City Maintenance Yard. He is survived by his wife Trisha Flud, mother Joann Baldasarra, son Seth Sherman, daughters Jessica Zeno and Felisha Dow, and three granddaughters, Brianna, Alyssa and Savahna.
“Caltrans is mourning this tremendous loss that the Patton family and their friends have suffered,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “My heart goes out to his wife, Trisha, children, and grandchildren. He was a good man and will be missed by all who worked with him and knew him. “