By Matt Weiser
An off-duty California Highway Patrol officer was killed Friday night in a dramatic vehicle accident that closed Highway 12 in Solano County for most of the evening.
The officer's name has not been released, but he worked in Solano County, said Officer Chris Parker, a CHP spokesman.
The accident occurred at 5:50 p.m. Friday on a notoriously dangerous stretch of Highway 12. An eastbound Toyota pickup truck had entered a turn lane and was making a left turn across the two westbound lanes in order to enter a driveway, just west of Red Top Road.
The truck had entered the first westbound lane and partially entered the second when the driver noticed an oncoming motorcycle. He accelerated to try to get out of the way, but the motorcycle clipped the right-rear of the truck.
"This collision caused the rider of the motorcycle to be ejected from the bike," Parker said.
At that moment, an eastbound Honda CRV sport-utility vehicle passed the scene and spotted two "unknown objects" coming in his direction, Parker said. One was the motorcycle, which he missed. The other was the rider, who struck the front of the Honda.
A doctor from Napa State Hospital - possibly a passerby, Parker said - began CPR on the motorcycle rider almost immediately. Paramedics also responded quickly, he said, but they pronounced the rider dead soon after arrival on the scene.
No one else was injured in the accident, and a cause has not yet been determined, Parker said.
Highway 12 was closed in both directions until after midnight while the CHP's major accident investigation team probed the crash and cleanup efforts took place.