Motorcyclist dies in crash on Highway 101 in Cloverdale

A motorcyclist died Saturday afternoon in a collision with a car in the southbound lanes of Highway 101 in Cloverdale.

The crash occurred around 1:18 p.m. north of Dutcher Creek Road, said CHP Officer David deRutte.

The motorcyclist, a man, collided with a Volvo driven by another man, 51, who was the only person in the car.

The man who died was driving a Kawasaki motorcycle and was traveling in the same direction behind the Volvo. The Volvo drifted onto the right shoulder and collided with a guardrail, before veering back across both lanes of traffic. The motorcyclist attempted to brake but slammed into the back of the Volvo.

The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. The Volvo driver was not injured.

DeRutte said it did not appear that either man was speeding or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

You can reach Staff Writer Ethan Varian at or 707-521-5412. On Twitter @ethanvarian

Ethan Varian

Housing and homelessness, The Press Democrat 

I've lived in California for most of my life, and it's hard for me to remember when the state hasn't been in a housing crisis. Here in Sonoma County, sharply rising housing costs and increasing homelessness are reshaping what was long considered the Bay Area’s “affordable” region. As The Press Democrat’s housing and homelessness reporter, I aim to cover how officials, advocates, developers and residents are reacting to and experiencing the ongoing crisis.

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