Man dies in motorcycle accident |

Man dies in motorcycle accident

William Ferchland

Robert Zick apparently had a saying for his ability to do or mimic certain athletic feats, from cliff diving to snowboarding.

The saying? “Because I’m Rob.”

Zick, 25, was killed Thursday evening when his 2001 Yamaha motorcycle collided with a GMC Jimmy at the intersection of Alma Avenue and Sierra Boulevard, a South Lake Tahoe police officer reported.

Zick was flown to Renown Medical Center while his 21-year-old female passenger sustained a broken collarbone.

Both were wearing helmets.

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Authorities said Zick blew past a stop sign, collided with the car and was ejected.

Zick’s mother, Carol Demuth, said Zick had a remarkable way of making friends, and connecting with people of all stripes, despite having long hair, numerous piercings and tattoos all over his body.

“He just made friends everywhere he went,” she said.

Zick had an adventurous streak. He moved to Tahoe from Texas in 2002. In February, a crash at the halfpipe at Northstar-at-Tahoe left him with three broken ribs and a ruptured spleen that had to be taken out, his mother said.

He purchased the motorcycle around Christmas, Demuth said.

In related news:

It took nearly eight hours for search-and-rescue crews from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department to locate a 40-year-old Stateline man who fell more than 200 yards when his 1986 GMC Suburban tumbled beneath Ridge Tahoe, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Tom Mezzetta.

The body of Joseph naKamura was found 40 yards from the vehicle. Authorities received a call naKamura was missing and dispatched deputies and rescue crews around 9 a.m. Thursday. He was discovered at 5:55 p.m. the same day.

The scene was cleared at 10:30 p.m., Mezzetta said.

Apparently the suburban fell when it went off the road around the Tramway Drive and Jack Circle area, Mezzetta said.

Crews had to employ a variety of tactics to find naKamura and the vehicle, including tracking tire tracks, rappelling and spotting broken bushes, Mezzetta said.

It could not be determined if naKamura was wearing a seat belt and there is no evidence of criminal activity.

Mezzetta commended the efforts of rescue crews in locating the accident scene.

“Without their assistance certainly we would have been looking for that vehicle for a long time, Mezzetta said.

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