Sacto 9-1-1
July 31, 2013
UPDATE: Knights Landing man identified as motorcyclist who died in crash near Esparto

A motorcyclist who died this morning in a collision near Esparto has been identified by the Yolo County Coroner's Office as 61-year-old Denis Fred Bartz Sr. of Knights Landing.

A Woodland man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving but later released in connection with the death.

Manuel Perez, 60, was arrested by the California Highway Patrol officers after a crash that occurred about 6 a.m. today on County Road 85 near County Road 15b north of Esparto.

Officers said Perez was driving a pickup on a gravel road when he came to a stop at the end of the roadway. The CHP said that when he began to turn left onto northbound County Road 85 Perez failed to see Bartz on a Harley Davidson motorcycle approaching from the southbound direction.

The two vehicles collided, throwing Bartz onto the pavement. Bartz died at the scene.

Perez was not booked into jail. An earlier online headline was incorrect.

"The investigating officers found alcohol in his system but after talking to the district attorney the decision was made not to book him because they are not sure there is sufficient evidence for the DUI charge," said CHP officer Bryan Konvalin.

Officers will finish an investigation and present it to the district attorney's office with recommendations. The Yolo County District Attorney's will then make a decision on how to proceed in terms of filing charges, said Konvalin.

Konvalin said Perez had alcohol in his system, but apparently not enough to be at the legal limit of .08.

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