Motorcyclist killed at Picketts Junction |

Motorcyclist killed at Picketts Junction

William Ferchland

A 52-year-old Reno man was killed when his 2004 Honda Goldwing motorcycle struck a Toyota 4Runner that failed to heed a stop sign at Picketts Junction, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

The man’s name was not released pending notification of family.

A Calstar helicopter took the man to Barton Memorial Hospital. He was pronounced dead an hour after the 7:05 p.m. Friday accident. He was wearing a helmet.

The driver of the 4Runner, a 44-year-old woman from Davis, did not stop when she turned from Highway 89 to Highway 88 toward Markleeville, Officer Terry Pinzon said.

The motorcycle was westbound on Highway 88 traveling at an estimated 55 mph when the vehicle pulled in front of him, the officer said.

The woman was released since drugs or alcohol were not involved. Pinzon stated he will submit a complaint to the Alpine County district attorney to file a manslaughter charge against her.

In other news:

n Douglas County authorities are investigating whether an attorney who left Sierra Patent Group stole trade secrets.

The man erased 17,000 e-mails and files during his preparation to leave the South Shore business. He also downloaded information, which the owner believes was sensitive to his company, onto disks, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy said.

The man and his wife, who also worked at Sierra Patent Group, left for Connecticut. Dina Salvucci, a Douglas County deputy district attorney, said the investigation is continuing and no charges have been filed.

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