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Head-on collision kills one

Accident closed Indian Hill Road for almost two hours
By: Martha Garcia Gold Country News Service
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A motorcyclist lost his life in a head-on collision Wednesday afternoon. The accident occurred at 2:45 p.m. on Indian Hill Road, near the Auburn Area office of the California Highway Patrol and west of Glenview Road. According to Officer Dave Montijo, acting public information officer for the California Highway Patrol, a 1997 Harley Davidson being driven by a 53-year-old male was traveling eastbound on Indian Hill Road when the motorcycle crossed over the double yellow line, into the westbound lane and into the path of a van traveling westbound down the hill. Montijo said the collision killed the motorcycle driver, whose name was not released as of Wednesday afternoon pending notification of next of kin. “He was declared dead at the scene by the Placer County Coroner’s office,” Montijo said. Although the front end of the 2003 white utility van was crushed, the driver of the van, Christopher J. Lemieux, 27, of Fair Oaks, was not injured. At the scene, Sgt. Dan Fugate of the California Highway Patrol called the van driver “pretty much a very lucky” individual. According to Montijo, at the time of impact, both vehicles were traveling at 50 mph; the speed limit is 55. The collision caused a small vegetation fire, which was put out by a crew from the Newcastle Fire District. The accident also caused the closure of Indian Hill Road for about almost two hours. Reach Martha Garcia at Marthag@goldcountrymedia.com.