Collision sends motorcyclist, passenger to hospital with major injuries

The California Highway Patrol Susanville Area office released information on an injury accident that occurred Oct. 3 on Highway 36 east of Fredonyer Summit that sent Westwood residents to Renown Medical Center in Reno.

It’s reported that Bobby Stanfill, 42, of Westwood was riding a Harley Davidson westbound on Highway 36 at 4:49 p.m. on Oct. 3 with 43-year-old Cheryl Morrell, also of Westwood, seated behind him. He was traveling east of Fredonyer Summit at a stated speed of 45 mph.

Ronald Mccart, 40, of Antelope, was driving a 2017 Kia Sedona eastbound on Highway 36, at a stated speed of 50 mph approaching the motorcycle’s location.

According to the CHP, when traveling westbound at this location, the roadway consists of a moderate uphill incline and curves sharply to the right. For an unknown reason, Stanfill was unable to negotiate the right curve in the roadway and allowed the motorcycle to cross over the double parallel yellow lines that separate the eastbound and westbound lanes, and drove directly into the path of the Kia. Stanfill and his passenger then struck the Kia in the eastbound lane.

Both Stanfill and his passenger were thrown from the motorcycle and landed in the roadway. Mccart immediately stopped at the scene and offered aid. Both of the injured suffered major injuries and were flown to Renown. Stanfill suffered a shattered femur and Morrell suffered a compound leg fracture. Neither alcohol nor drugs were a factor in this collision.