Motorcyclist dies after crash on I-80 in Berkeley

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Update, Nov. 6: The motorcycle rider was identified as 44-year-old Kelly Wayne Dew of Benicia. His cause of death was blunt injuries, according to the Alameda County coroner’s office.

Original story, Oct. 23, 1:45 p.m. A man on a motorcycle died Friday morning after running into a minivan on Interstate 80 in Berkeley, the California Highway Patrol has reported.

According to the Oakland CHP, officers responded at about 9:15 a.m. for a report of a traffic collision on westbound I-80 near Ashby Avenue.

Officers found a collision involving a 2015 Ducati Diavel motorcycle and a 2010 Honda Odyssey minivan. The motorcyclist sustained major injuries and Berkeley Fire Department paramedics performed CPR on the scene, then took the motorcyclist to Highland Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.


The Alameda County coroner’s office said the man’s name was not yet available as of 1:30 p.m. Friday. Berkeleyside will update this post if the name becomes available.

According to the preliminary investigation, the motorcyclist and minivan, driven by a 43-year-old Albany woman, were in the same lane on westbound I-80 when the motorcyclist rear-ended the minivan for an unknown reason, causing the motorcyclist to be ejected from his bike.

According to the CHP, it did not appear that the motorcyclist had been “splitting lanes” prior to the crash.

Authorities do not believe drugs or alcohol were factors in the collision.

Two lanes on westbound I-80 were closed for approximately 1½ hours during the investigation.

The investigation is still active, and the CHP has asked anyone who witnessed the crash to call the Oakland CHP office at 510-450-3821, or 800-TELL-CHP.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, there was also a crash Thursday morning on I-80 near Ashby. That crash involved a motorcyclist and a delivery truck, and closed three lanes of the freeway during rush hour. The extent of the motorcyclist’s injuries were not reported. Lanes had been reopened Thursday by 8:45 a.m.


Update, Oct. 26, 11:50 a.m. According to the Alameda County coroner’s office, next of kin has not been notified so the man’s name cannot yet be released.

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