Motorcyclist dies near Cave Rock |

Motorcyclist dies near Cave Rock

The Street Vibrations motorcycle rally in Reno contributed to a traffic boom on the South Shore this weekend, with at least one related fatality on Highway 50 at Zephyr Cove.

Albert Lew, 48, of Benicia was thrown from his motorcycle at 12:25 p.m. Saturday coming out of the Cave Rock tunnel when he veered out of his lane, hitting a road sign. He died at the scene from head injuries, the Nevada Highway Patrol reported.

Lew was wearing a helmet, but it was not a state Department of Transportation approved version, Sgt. Tony Almarez said.

The incident clogged eastbound traffic on Highway 50.

The sheer volume of motorcycles on the road may have increased the number of accidents over the last four days.

“It appears there’s a lot more (motorcycle traffic) than I’ve seen,” Almarez said.

The police scanner was chirping Saturday with law enforcement responding to call after call on both sides of the Nevada-California border.

“I think we are getting more and more of a population each year. And an Indian summer may be bringing everybody out,” California Highway Patrolman Chuck Brothers said.

On the other end of the South Shore, CHP officers responded to a motorcycle accident on Lake Tahoe Boulevard near Sawmill Pond on Saturday when a bear ran out in front of the bike.

The driver, Kevin Wright of Hayward, and his passenger, Lori Sugai of South Lake Tahoe, complained of pain to an arm and knee, respectively. She was treated and released from Barton Memorial Hospital. They were traveling about 45 mph. The bear was dead at the scene.

Brothers counted at least a handful of South Shore accidents involving motorcycles since Thursday.

In Alpine County, the sheriff’s department assigned an officer to the former Cutthroat Saloon, a popular watering hole for bikers that switched hands and, with that, the mission of a different clientele. No serious incidents were reported, Alpine County reported.

South Lake Tahoe police had their own share of action, clearing a rollover on Highway 50 Saturday that created more rubbernecking than injury and netting an arrest on a suspect from a robbery that occurred on Sept. 26.

Arrests on two South Lake Tahoe residents were made Friday night after a high-speed pursuit that started with a disturbance reported on the 4100 block of Laurel Avenue at 7 p.m., continued with a traffic stop on Wildwood Avenue and ended with a crash on Lakeview Drive, Officer Mark Hewlett said.

The driver of the Ford Escort, William James Best, 25, took police officers on a 60 mph chase down city streets, sometimes on the wrong side of the road, Hewlett added. He was cited for evading a police officer, driving under the influence and child endangerment.

The passenger’s two 14-year-old daughters were in the car. Michelle Guadalupe Thompson, 35, was also booked on child endangerment charges. In addition, Thompson is accused of committing robbery, battery and vandalism last week at a home on Tamarack.

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