Motorcyclist flown by helicopter to hospital after collision on Highway 1

A motorcyclist was taken by helicopter to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital on Sunday after colliding with a van on Highway 1 north of Bodega Bay, according to fire and law enforcement officials.

The man riding the motorcycle suffered head trauma, facial lacerations and a fractured wrist, said California Highway Patrol Officer Eric Anderson. No other injuries were reported.

CHP officers responded to the crash at 12:58 p.m., Anderson said.

The black Harley Davidson motorcycle was heading northbound when it appears to have crossed into the southbound lane and struck a silver Mercedes Sprinter van, Monte Rio Fire Protection District Chief Steve Baxman said.

The southbound lane of Highway 1 was blocked for more than an hour Sunday until it was cleared by 2:30 p.m., according to the CHP.

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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