Sacto 9-1-1
October 30, 2010
Victim of Newcastle motorcycle accident identified

By Matthew Kawahara
mkawahara@sacbee.com

Authorities have identified the motorcyclist killed in a head-on collision Wednesday in Newcastle.

Peter Price Pirtle, 53, of Newcastle, was killed when he veered into the path of an oncoming van on a rural roadway, according to Placer County Sheriff's Department public information officer Dena Erwin.

Pirtle was riding a 1997 Harley-Davidson motorcycle eastbound on Indian Hill Road at Newcastle Road at 2:43 p.m., California Highway Patrol Officer Dave Montijo said last week.

The road there consists of two eastbound lanes heading uphill and one westbound lane coming downhill, Montijo said. As Pirtle came to a slight curve, he drifted into the opposite lane and collided head-on with a 2003 commercial Chevy van driven by Christopher J. Lemieux, 27, of Fair Oaks.

Pirtle was pronounced dead at the scene.

Call The Bee's Matthew Kawahara, (916) 321-1015.

Previous coverage:

Motorcyclist killed in Placer County collision - Oct. 27, 2010

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