September 4, 2008
Labor Day crash kills well-known motorcycle rider
From David Richie:
A Labor Day head-on collision on Highway 50 near White Hall claimed the life of Tim Johnson, 53, a well-known California motorcycle rider who chronicled his adventures and the glories of motorcycle riding on his own Web site www.TJAdventour.com
"The collision is still under investigation," said Officer Sean Ricci, spokesman for the California Highway Patrol's Placerville office.
The collision occurred shortly before noon about a mile east of Ice House Road as heavy holiday traffic streamed down the mountain, Ricci said.
For some reason, the driver of a westbound 2003 Subaru Outback drifted to the right and onto the dirt shoulder, the CHP said. The 66-year-old driver corrected hard to the left, came across the centerline and slammed into Johnson, who was riding a 2001 BMW GS motorcycle eastbound, the CHP said.
Investigators said he may have had a quarter of a second to react.
The impact sent Johnson and his motorcycle over the side of the road and into the canyon. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Ricci said.
Investigators do not believe that drugs or alcohol were factors in the collision.
Johnson, who worked as finance manager for San Jose BMW, was wearing a helmet and protective gear.
"He was known as an AGATT rider - All Gear, All The Time," Ricci said. "He is your million mile guy."