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Highway 99 interchange honors Caltrans worker who died at scene

Sign to honor the late Dean Patton
Sign to honor the late Dean Patton Caltrans

A new interchange north of Sacramento in the same spot where a Caltrans worker was killed during a motorcycle ride to a memorial for co-workers will be dedicated Tuesday in his honor.

State officials and the family of the late Dean Patton, a veteran Caltrans worker, are scheduled to attend the ceremonies marking the completion of the new $31 million Highway 99 at the Riego Road Interchange.

The ceremony will also dedicate the interchange in the memory of Patton who died at the age of 51. The state Department of Transportation employee was killed in May, 2013 on Highway 99 while on his way to a Caltrans workers memorial ceremony at the state Capitol.

Patton, of Grass Valley, was off-duty and traveling with three other employees on motorcycles when he was struck by a driver at the intersection with Riego Road, just north of the Sacramento County line in Sutter County.

According to the California Highway Patrol, a Sacramento woman driving a Toyota was northbound approaching Riego Road and was slowing to make a left turn onto westbound Riego Road about 8:18 a.m. that Thursday.

Patton was in the No. 2 lane on southbound Highway 99, north of Riego Road. As one motorcycle and another vehicle cleared the intersection, Patton entered the intersection as the Toyota turned left onto Riego Road directly in front of him.

Patton had no time to brake or take evasive action, according to the CHP.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Toyota was not injured. CHP officials said neither alcohol nor drugs appear to have been factors in the collision.

Patton spent most of his career with Caltrans, since 2006, working with the storm water crew in Marysville. Not long before his death, he transferred to Nevada City.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.