A driver dragged a motorcycle two miles on Santa Rosa streets while fleeing a pair of crashes and ended up abandoning his pickup truck in an intersection, police said.
The motorcyclist suffered critical injuries in the crash shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday on Fountaingrove Parkway (map point 1).
Police called to the scene, near Rincon Ridge Park, found the injured motorcyclist — a 23-year-old Santa Rosa man — but not his motorcycle.
Witnesses said that the pickup truck that had rear-ended the man took off dragging the motorcycle. Almost immediately, it rear-ended a Honda Accord that was making a right turn off westbound Fountaingrove (2).
After the second crash, the truck continued west on Fountaingrove, and the motorcycle was found in the road’s median about two miles away (3, location approximate).
At the point where the motorcycle came dislodged, the pickup’s driver apparently drove over the median, hit a tree and a pole, then drove against traffic in the eastbound lanes of Fountaingrove before again driving over the median and returning to westbound Fountaingrove.
The truck was found abandoned in an intersection about a mile farther down the road, at Fountaingrove and Mendocino Avenue (4). Registration papers indicated it belonged to a 37-year-old man who lives on Benicia Drive in Santa Rosa (5).
Officers went to the home — about 3½ miles from where the truck was abandoned — but did not find the man. Around 8:40 a.m. Wednesday, they returned, found the man and arrested him on suspicion of felonies including hit-and-run and driving under the influence, with an enhancement for causing great bodily injury.
On Wednesday, the motorcyclist remained in a hospital with life-threatening injuries. The Honda’s driver reported no injuries.
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