Updated Oct. 17, 9:43 a.m.–
A collision involving an SUV and motorcyclist caused both directions of traffic on Sylvan Road to be shut down for several hours Friday night, with a Citrus Heights police officer on scene confirming the crash resulted in a fatality.
Police said officers were dispatched to the scene around 7:07 p.m. and found a male motorcyclist in the roadway “with significant injuries consistent with a vehicle collision,” according to a news release issued shortly after 9 p.m., Friday. Although lifesaving efforts were attempted by officers, Metro Fire personnel arriving on scene pronounced the man deceased.
Police said a preliminary investigation revealed the SUV collided with the motorcycle while making a left turn into the KFC parking lot. The motorcyclist was traveling in the “#1 lane” on Sylvan Road and “was ejected” from his motorcycle upon impact, according to the news release.
It is currently unknown if alcohol or speed were a factor in the collision, but police said the driver of the SUV is cooperating with their investigation.
A worker at a nearby convenience store said he heard the collision while helping a customer and observed the accident scene shortly after the incident. He said a white sheet behind the SUV was still covering the body of the motorcyclist as of 8 p.m., Friday. Officer Wesley later confirmed that bodies of those deceased in such incidents remain on scene for the County coroner’s investigation.
The name of the motorcyclist involved will be released by the coroner’s office, following notification of family.
[From last month: Pedestrian hit on Auburn Blvd; police seek witnesses]
Another roadway collision involving a near-fatality occurred a few blocks away on Auburn Boulevard last month, near Kanai Avenue. The incident involved a pedestrian being struck while crossing outside of the sidewalk, according to police.
Note: An initial version of this story incorrectly stated the nearby pedestrian collision last month resulted in a fatality. The current status of the pedestrian is unknown, but he was last listed in “critical condition” by a police spokesperson on Sept. 21.