One fatality in three motorcycle crashes |

One fatality in three motorcycle crashes

Susan Wood

The South Shore experienced three motorcycle crashes over the past weekend, one resulting in a fatality of a Placerville man at Zephyr Cove, and two injuries in different accidents at the same location near Twin Bridges.

The driver of a Harley Davidson was killed six miles east of Stateline after colliding with a van on Highway 50 on the Lakeridge curve at 6:20 p.m. Friday, the Nevada Highway Patrol reported.

Kenneth Paul Abler Jr., 40, was pronounced dead on the scene.

The van’s driver, Heather King, 33, of Reno, and her two infant sons, were treated and released from Barton Memorial Hospital.

It is unknown whether alcohol was a contributing factor.

On Saturday, Ronnie Smith, 55, of Sacramento, was ejected from his Harley Davidson at 8 a.m. after heading eastbound on Highway 50 near the Sayles Canyon turnoff. He was transported via CALSTAR helicopter to Washoe Medical Center, the California Highway Patrol reported.

A motorcycle accident at the same spot more than six hours later resulted in the head injury of Hau Tran, 24, who was riding a Suzuki 600 when he went off the road. The accident also led to the arrests of three other motorcyclists – all from Sacramento: Hung Pham, 24, Nahn Tran, 23, and Thinh Nguyen, 22. Nguyen was charged with weapons possession for suspicion of carrying a handgun. All three were booked in El Dorado County Jail in Placerville on suspicion of reckless driving. Tran was also charged with suspicion of reckless driving.

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