Sacto 911

Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

Motorcyclist killed in Highway 160 crash identified

06/21/2014 3:13 PM

06/21/2014 3:14 PM

A motorcyclist who was killed Friday morning on Highway 160 when a wrong-way driver slammed into him has been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office.

Monty Duane Heath, 56, of Sacramento was struck about 10:45 a.m. by a Dodge Ram pickup that was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes, just north of Northgate Boulevard and the American River. Heath was ejected from the motorcycle and died at the scene.

The driver of the pickup, Eldwood Nigh, 86, of Sacramento likely will face vehicular manslaughter charges, said CHP spokesman Officer Chad Hertzell.

“No charges have been filed yet, but this is a criminal investigation,” Hertzell said.

Hertzell said Nigh’s was driving east on Richards Boulevard and turned left too soon onto Highway 160, where he ended up traveling northbound in the southbound lanes. When he realized his mistake, he slowed down and hugged the center divider, intending to exit the highway at the next opportunity. As he was going into a blind curve, he collided head-on with a southbound motorcycle traveling in the fast lane.

Hertzell said another southbound vehicle, a Toyota Corolla driven by Benjamin Sun, 42, of Elk Grove, was traveling behind and to the right the motorcycle, a 2004 Harley FXSTDI. Debris from the motorcycle struck the Corolla, causing minor damage to its front end.

Neither Nigh nor Sun was injured.

Sacto 911 Staff

Bill Lindelof

Cathy Locke

Marissa Lang

Darrell Smith
Superior Court

Denny Walsh
Federal Court

More Sacto 911


Send news tips

Sign up for breaking news alerts

Arrest Logs

Crime Q&A

Sacramento Bee reporter Cathy Locke answers your questions about crime news, trends and issues. Look up specific cases using Arrest Logs and Sacramento Superior Courts case database.

Submit your question


Join the Discussion

The Sacramento Bee is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service