CHP Report for the week of 8/28/19

The following incidents are submitted by the Quincy Area California Highway Patrol as a tentative summary pending the conclusion of the investigation(s).

Injury accident, Aug. 19

At approximately 10:55 p.m., a minor was driving a 2010 Toyota Scion xB eastbound on Chester Warner Valley Road, just west of Juniper Lake Road at a high rate of speed. She was transporting four passengers.

As the driver passed Juniper Lake Road and entered onto Feather River Drive, she allowed the Toyota to leave the road to the north and collided with a tree.


The driver and all passengers sustained minor injuries. The driver was transported via air ambulance to Enloe Medical Center in Chico. Two passengers were transported to Seneca Healthcare District in Chester. According to the report the other two passengers did not seek medical aid.

Alcohol and/or drugs are not considered a factor in this collision.

Motorcycle accident, Aug. 24

James McGrath III, 35, of Oroville, was riding his 2012 silver Harley Davidson Dyna Switchback eastbound on Highway 70 passing Quarry Road at a stated speed of 50 mph. It was about 9:29 a.m. He was riding with a large group of motorcycles and was the seventh or eighth motorcycle back.

The group was traveling in a staggered pattern. McGrath was riding right next to the south white edge line. As he negotiated a moderate left hand curve in the roadway, the rider “straightened out” the Dyna Switchback too soon and began driving onto the south asphalt shoulder towards the wide dirt shoulder. The rider tried to correct the vehicle’s path of travel but he could not. The motorcycle went onto the dirt shoulder and laid down on its right side ejecting McGrath on his left side. The rider and the motorcycle both came to rest on the south dirt shoulder. The group stopped and rendered aid to McGrath. They also put the motorcycle into the back of a pickup truck serving as their support vehicle.


McGrath had been wearing a helmet and sustained minor injuries when he was ejected.