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Redding man identified in deadly Highway 44 crash

Highway 44 is closed as CHP investigates a deadly crash.

Posted: Jul 31, 2020 11:09 PM
Updated: Aug 3, 2020 9:46 PM

UPDATE: 9:36 p.m., Monday, August 3, 2020 - The man who died on the scene of the crash has been identified as 37-year-old Steven Grondahl of Redding, according to the Shasta County Sheriff's Office.

The CHP says Grondahl was traveling on his motorcycle on Highway 44 at a high rate of speed when the front of his motorcycle collided into the rear of the SUV.

The force of the collision, officials say, caused Grondahl to be thrown from his bike. Those in the SUV received only minor injuries.

According to the CHP, Grondahl was wearing a helmet.

The collision remains under investigation.

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REDDING, Calif. - Redding CHP says Highway 44 is closed at Park Marina Drive for a deadly crash.

CHP says the crash happened at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, July 31. Officers on scene say an SUV and motorcycle are involved and the motorcyclist has died on the scene. The driver of the SUV is reporting no injuries.

At this time, speed does seem to be a leading factor, according to CHP.

Highway 44 eastbound traffic is being diverted off at Park Marina Drive. CHP says at least one lane is open at this time, as well as the highway on-ramp.

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