The following incidents are submitted by the Quincy Area California Highway Patrol as a tentative summary pending the conclusion of the investigation(s).
Major injury accident, July 13
At approximately 9:15 p.m., Apollo Leighton, 34, of Sun Valley, Nevada, was riding his 2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle eastbound on Highway 70, west of US-395. His rate of speed was 60 to 70 mph.
Unpredictably, a deer ran into the path of the motorcycle from the north shoulder. Leighton attempted to take evasive action to avoid a collision, but he was unable to do so. The front of the Harley Davidson struck the deer.
The rider was ejected from the motorcycle and both came to rest on the south shoulder. Leighton sustained severe injuries because of this collision and was transported to Renown Regional Medical Center for treatment.
DUI, July 20
At approximately 7:24 a.m., Carey Klotz Jr., 43, of Brandon, Missouri, was driving his 2004 silver Nissan 350Z convertible westbound on Highway 70, east of Barlow Road, while under the alleged influence of a drug (or drugs).
According to the CHP report, due to Klotz’s level of intoxication, he allowed the vehicle to drift out of the westbound lane and onto the north shoulder and wide dirt and gravel turnout. The driver slowed significantly, but the Nissan traveled beyond the turnout and into a ditch. The car came to a stop, stuck in the ditch, facing west, north of the highway. A passerby called 911 to report the incident.
Klotz tried to back the convertible out of the ditch but was unsuccessful. He had been wearing his seat belt at the time and was uninjured. He was also arrested.