2017-09-14 / Local News

Woman hurt seriously in motorcycle accident

A woman suffered major injuries following a motorcycle accident last week.

According to the California Highway Patrol, at around 12:20 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, Lilliane Rogers, 25, Fresno, was riding a 2016 Harley Davidson southbound on Hornitos Road just north of Old Toll Road.

The CHP said Rogers failed to negotiate a curve in the road, traveled up the dirt embankment on the west side of the road, rolled over and was ejected from the motorcycle.

She suffered major injuries and was airlifted to Modesto Memorial Hospital. The CHP did not disclose the nature of the injuries.

The cause of the wreck remains under investigation, according to the CHP.

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She did not "fail to

She did not "fail to negotiate a turn". The turn was a gradual left turn that didn't require much "negotiating". Upon entry into the turn, there is a huge depression in the road that extends from the road edge to the center of the lane. That depression was masked by a surface dressing that was recently applied by Mariposa County Roads Division. While she was setting up for the turn, she struck that depression, which caused her to lose control of the bike and run up onto the embankment. That depression has been there for many months, back when the landscape was still mostly green. The county has had plenty of time to repair it. Furthermore, surface dressings are only to be used on structurally sound roads, which Hornitos Rd/J-16 is not. Surface dressing a structurally compromised road masks the underlying pavement deficiencies, making them impossible to see from a distance that would have allowed for an adequate detection-response time. As an added side note, the depression was marked with a "BUMP" sign, but the sign was not installed in accordance with Mariposa County Improvement Standards, which states that "All signs shall be mounted on break away posts" and that "Any sign within any road right-of-way shall be placed on a break away post." This sign, however, was mounted at road level on a Type II folding construction barricade and obscured by weeds...enough to where you can't even see what the sign says until you're passing by it, at which time you only have about 1 second to react to it...if you can even read what it says in the very short time you can see the lettering.

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