Motorcyclist killed in Santa Rosa Avenue crash identified

The motorcyclist who died Wednesday afternoon after colliding with a car was identified by the Sonoma County Coroner’s Office Friday as a Santa Rosa resident.

Cristian Valencia, 22, died at the scene of the crash on Santa Rosa Avenue a few blocks south of the Costco shopping center at about 3:30 p.m.

A woman who was a passenger on the motorcycle was seriously injured and rushed to a hospital. She was expected to survive, police said.

Investigators found Valencia was driving north on Santa Rosa Avenue when an SUV pulled out of a driveway and into the path of the motorcycle, the Santa Rosa Police Department said in a news release.

The driver of the SUV and a passenger in the car were not injured and cooperated with police. Drugs and alcohol were not suspected as factors in the crash, authorities said.

You can reach Staff Writer Nashelly Chavez at 707-521-5203 or On Twitter @nashellytweets.

Nashelly Chavez

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, The Press Democrat 

Who calls the North Bay home and how do their backgrounds, socioeconomic status and other factors shape their experiences? What cultures, traditions and religions are celebrated where we live? These are the questions that drive me as I cover diversity, equity and inclusion in Sonoma County and beyond.   


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