A Dorrington resident was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated near the Skyline Bear Valley Mountain Resort Wednesday afternoon after a head-on collision between his vehicle and a motorcyclist on Highway 4.
San Andreas-area Highway Patrol Officer John Fernandez said the CHP is looking for witnesses to the collision, which closed traffic on Highway 4 for many hours Wednesday afternoon.
“This is not a common place for accidents next to the ski resort,” he said. “There was no other traffic around that I’m aware of.”
About 1:15 p.m., Brian Montgomery, 48, of Dorrington, was driving a 2001 Toyota 4Runner on Highway 4 east of Bear Valley Road in Alpine County. The SUV strayed into the oncoming lane into the path of a 2016 Indian Roadmaster motorcycle driven by Geoffrey Ramsay, 65, of Stayton, Oregon.
Ramsay was ejected from the motorcycle. The 4Runner overturned and came to rest blocking Highway 4.
Ramsay was pronounced dead at the scene.
Montgomery sustained major injuries and was transported by air ambulance to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, then later to Marshall Medical Center in Placerville.
Fernandez said Montgomery was found to be “triple the legal limit” at the time of the crash.
Montgomery was charged with vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and felony driving under the influence with a BAC above .08.
Due to the extent of his injuries, Montgomery is not in the custody of the Alpine County Jail in Markleeville.
Fernandez said the CHP is seeking to “piece together everything prior to the collision for both of the parties.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the San Andreas CHP office at (209) 754-3541.
Fernandez said the San Andreas CHP area boundary extends to Ebbetts Pass in Alpine County.