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Dead pig, turkey vulture set stage for collision that injured motorcyclist

A motorcyclist was seriously injured when he collided with a turkey vulture on a rural Sutter County road Wednesday morning.

The collision occurred shortly after 7 a.m. on Pass Road west of Acacia Avenue. The motorcyclist, 73-year-old John Egbert Dowden, also known as “Singing John,” of Live Oak was riding his 2013 Honda Shadow motorcycle east on Pass Road approaching Acacia Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Two turkey vultures were apparently feasting on a dead pig on the north side of the roadway. As Dowden approached their location, one of the vultures flew away. The second vulture then took off and collided with Dowden, causing him to lose control of his motorcycle, according to the CHP.

The motorcycle traveled east on Pass Road and left the roadway on the north side, running into a ditch and then striking a fence. Dowden was thrown from the motorcycle and suffered major injuries, the CHP reported.

Dowden was transported by air ambulance to Sutter Roseville Medical Center.

The CHP said Dowden was wearing a helmet, and neither drugs nor alcohol were believed to have been factors in the crash.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy