Police identify motorcyclist killed in downtown Chico crash

The Chico Police Department has identified the person who was killed in a crash in downtown Chico Sunday night.

Posted: Sep 27, 2021 8:54 AM
Updated: Sep 27, 2021 9:20 AM

CHICO, Calif. - The motorcyclist who died in a crash in Chico on Sunday night has been identified, according to the Chico Police Department.

Police said 26-year-old Hunter Dixon of Chico was identified as the person who died in the crash.

18-year-old Pesiaune Finau of Chico was identified as the driver of the vehicle that crashed into the motorcycle.

Police responded to 8th St. and Main St. in downtown Chico around 3:43 p.m. on Sunday for a crash involving a motorcycle and vehicle.

When police arrived, they found Dixon severely injured and Finau's vehicle in an unoccupied building.

There were two people in the car that we’re able to walk away and wait for medical treatment.

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Witnesses in the area provided statements to police who said the vehicle ran a red light.

The motorcyclist was riding with two other motorcyclists who were just behind the motorcycle Dixon was on.

Security cameras captured the crash and police were able to obtain the video. Police said the witness’s statements match the footage from the security cameras.

The vehicle was driving westbound on 8th St. and ran the red light before hitting the motorcycle that was traveling northbound on Main St.

Finau was treated at the hospital for their injuries and was later released. Finau was arrested for vehicular manslaughter and taken to the Butte County Jail.

The roads were closed for about over six hours and the vehicle took out two support beams in the building it crashed into.

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