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Motorcyclist killed in Highway 99 pileup identified

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A motorcyclist who died early Sunday in a five-vehicle pileup near Elk Grove has been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office as 26-year-old Tommy Allyn Jones of Sacramento.

Jones died after his 2002 Harley Davidson struck a vehicle that had previously crashed on Highway 99 at Laguna Boulevard. Jones was subsequently hit by another vehicle.

Just before 1 a.m., Ricardo Salas, 20, was driving a 2003 Honda at 70 mph in the right lane when he came upon a much-slower-moving vehicle, according to a California Highway Patrol news release. He braked suddenly and swerved to the left, losing control of the car. The Honda rolled over into the center divider wall under the Laguna Boulevard overpass, coming to rest on its wheels in the left lane, facing the wrong way.

Dan Perlea, 39, pulled over in a 2011 Jeep to help Salas move his car. The two men hooked up the Honda to Perlea’s Jeep with tow straps and were attempting to pull the car to the left shoulder when Jones’ motorcycle came down the left lane “at a high rate of speed,” the news release said.

The motorcycle collided with the Honda, throwing Jones from his bike into the right lane and badly injuring him. His motorcycle came to rest in the center lane. The impact also caused the Honda to slam into the Jeep.

Shortly after the motorcycle collision, Isaias Godinez, 19, was driving a 2012 Ford at 70 mph in the left lane. He didn’t see the wreckage from the previous crash and hit the Honda.

The final vehicle in the pileup – a 1989 Toyota driven by 53-year-old Rafael Martinez – came down the right lane. The Toyota hit Jones, on the ground in the right lane, and dragged him several yards before stopping, the news release said.

Jones was pronounced dead at the scene.

Salas and a passenger in Godinez’s car sustained minor injuries but declined transportation to a hospital, the news release said.

Ellen Garrison: 916-321-1920, @EllenGarrison

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