Motorcyclist dies following accident on Highway 32

A 33-year-old motorcyclist from Chico was driving a 2022 Honda Shadow motorcycle westbound on Highway 32 approximately 4 miles east of Highway 36 on Tuesday, May 30, at approximately 3:35  p.m. According to a report from the California Highway Patrol, the weather was clear and warm.

The motorcyclist was driving at an undetermined speed, entered a right hand curve, lost control and began sliding on his right side. According to the report, the motorcyclist and the Honda slid across the westbound lane, crossed the double yellow lines, and entered the eastbound lane. At the same time, Dante Valerga of Westwood, was driving a 2020 Jeep Renegade eastbound at the same location. Valerga saw the motorcyclist and the Honda slide into the eastbound lane. Valerga attempted evasive actions but crashed head-on with the motorcycle and rider. The motorcyclist sustained fatal injuries on impact. Valerga received minor injuries. Alchohol and/or drugs are currently not considered a factor in this crash. This crash is still under investigation.