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Fatal Accident Closes Main Road
Oakdale police

A deadly broadside collision involving a motorcyclist right before 5 p.m. on Friday, May 16 closed Yosemite Avenue at East E Street had the thoroughfare closed for nearly three hours.

Oakdale Police reported that at 4:59 p.m. they responded to the accident between a Ford Five-Hundred sedan and a blue Harley Davidson motorcycle at the location.

Oakdale Police Sergeant Joe Carrillo said when he arrived on the scene an off-duty nurse was performing CPR on the driver of the motorcycle, a 43-year-old Oakdale man. Carrillo and another officer later assisted and also performed CPR until the arrival of emergency medical personnel.

He was rushed to Oak Valley Hospital by ambulance where he was pronounced dead.

The driver of the Ford, an 18-year-old woman, and her passenger were not injured in the collision.

According to Sgt. Carrillo, the preliminary investigation shows that the Ford was traveling south on Yosemite Avenue and turned left to go on East E Street in front of the path of the motorcycle going north on Yosemite Avenue, causing a broadside collision of the motorcycle striking the sedan.

Yosemite Avenue, part of State Highway 120 and the main route used for motorists travelling to Yosemite and Sonora, was shut down close to three hours as Oakdale Police, assisted by the California Highway Patrol, investigated the accident.

Sgt. Carrillo said traffic was diverted around the scene using side streets.

The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet and it does not appear that drugs or alcohol were a factor.

The investigation is continuing.