Woodland police are investigating reports that a Sacramento motorcyclist was racing with another vehicle Monday night when he crashed into the rear of a minivan.
Woodland officers, along with Woodland Fire Department and AMR ambulance crews, responded about 7:30 p.m. to the area of East Gibson Road and the northbound Highway 113 off-ramp for a collision involving a motorcycle and a minivan.
The motorcyclist, identified by police as Devon Bell, 27, of Sacramento, was transported to UC Davis Medical Center with injuries that were life-threatening, and was reported in critical condition today, according to a Police Department news release.
Police said the two occupants of the minivan were not treated for any injuries.
Witnesses told police that the motorcyclist and another vehicle were racing at high speeds westbound on East Gibson Road from Pioneer Road. The other vehicle reportedly passed the minivan in the No. 2 lane of East Gibson Road near the intersection of Highway 113 at a high rate of speed and continued westbound.
The motorcyclist reportedly was traveling at high speed in the No. 1 lane and tried to pass the minivan in the No. 2 lane but collided with the back of the minivan. Witnesses estimated the motorcyclist and the other vehicle were traveling 60 to 70 mph in a 45 mph zone. No description of the other vehicle was available.
Anyone who witnessed the race or collision is asked to contact the Woodland Police Department at (530) 661-7880.