A three-vehicle collision south of Sonoma left one person dead and a second seriously injured Thursday evening.
According to a CHP officer on the scene, the accident occured when a motorcycle on southbound Arnold Drive rear-ended a pickup just south of Leveroni Road and went into the northbound lane.
"A white Nissan Altima was headed north and had no time to stop," said Sgt. Gloria Tellez of CHP's Napa office. The Nissan hit the motorcycle, and a female passenger was ejected 50 to 60 feet, landing in a ditch alongside northbound Arnold Drive.
The woman was seriously injured and was airlifted to Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa, according to an official on the scene.
A man who was driving the motorcycle died at the scene, Tellez said. He has been identified, but his name was not released pending notification of his next of kin.
"As of right now, we are still investigating who is at fault and whether alcohol was involved," said a CHP officer who declined to be identified.
Arnold Drive was closed between Watmaugh and Leveroni roads.
On The Chili Trail
Many local farmers grow one or more types of sweet or hot chilies. Here is a round-up of some of the county's major producers, with a wide array of varieties and chilies processed in myriad ways.
Beet Generation Farm, Sebastopol
Fresh sweet peppers and hot chilies; grilled peppers; chipotle powders and paprikas.
Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market, Wednesday and Saturday
Bernier Farms, Healdsburg & Geyserville
Fresh sweet peppers and chilies.
Healdsburg Farmers Market, Wednesday and Saturday; Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market, Saturday; Cloverdale Farmers Market, Tuesday.
Farm stand, 3192 Alexander Valley Rd., Healdsburg, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Min-Hee Hill Gardens, Sebastopol
Fresh sweet peppers and hot chilies; wide variety of dried and ground chilies.
Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market, Wednesday and Saturday; Windsor Farmers Market, Sunday.
Hector's Honey Farm, Santa Rosa
Fresh sweet peppers and hot chilies; dried chilies.
Multiple markets year round.
Ortiz Farms, Santa Rosa
Fresh sweet peppers and hot chilies; chili ristras and wreaths.
Multiple markets year round.
Soda Rock Farms, Healdsburg
Fresh hot and sweet peppers.
Healdsburg Farmers Market, Wednesday and Saturday; Santa Rosa Community Farmers Market, Wednesday and Saturday; Petaluma Farmers Market, Saturday; Windsor Farmers Market, Sunday.
Tierra Vegetables Farm Stand
651 Airport Blvd., Santa Rosa
Fresh sweet peppers and hot chilies; dried chilies; smoked chilies, hot sauces, chili jams.
Farm stand hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Triple T Ranch and Farm, Santa Rosa
Fresh sweet peppers and very hot chilies; hot sauces.
Santa Rosa Community Farmers Market, Wednesday and Saturday; Marin Civic Center Farmers Market, San Rafael, Thursday and Sunday; Sebastopol Farmers Market, Sunday.