THIS STORY HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH THE CONDITION OF THE MOTORCYCLIST.
CLEARLAKE, Calif. – A motorcyclist had his leg broken and had to be flown to an out-of-county trauma center following a late Thursday night crash in Clearlake.
Edward Montellier, 28, suffered a compound fracture to his leg after his motorcycle was hit by a pickup just before 11:30 p.m. Thursday, according to police.
Clearlake Police Sgt. Tim Hobbs said Montellier was riding his motorcycle eastbound on Arrowhead Road approaching Fresno Street.
Tyler Gillam, 19, also of Clearlake, was stopped at the Fresno and Arrowhead intersection in his 1996 GMC pickup, Hobbs said.
Gillam didn't see Montellier and pulled into Arrowhead, colliding with Montellier's motorcycle, according to Hobbs.
Radio reports late Thursday indicated a landing zone was set up at Austin Park, with REACH 1 air ambulance picking Montellier up from there shortly after midnight early Friday.
Hobbs said Montellier was transported to Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, but later transported to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.
UC Davis Medical Center confirmed to Lake County News that Montellier was at that hospital, but his condition status was not available mid-afternoon Friday, as he was still being assessed by a physician.
Later Friday evening the hospital reported Montellier was in fair condition.
Hobbs said Gillam was not cited for the crash.
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