A motorcycle riding off-duty California Highway Patrol officer was killed in a head on collision with a pickup truck on Highway 12 last Friday in Fairfield.
According to accident reports, 38 year old John Fanene, a resident of Napa, was traveling westbound on the highway near Jameson Canyon Road when a Toyota pickup truck piloted by 39 year old Edward Turner II attempted to make a left hand turn across traffic, colliding with Fanene’s motorcycle.
Turner had reportedly attempted to accelerate to avoid contact with the motorcycle upon seeing Fanene, but he was ultimately unsuccessful, and the CHP officer crashed into the right rear portion of the truck. After the impact, Fanene was thrown from his bike and onto the road, where he was hit by an eastbound traveling Honda CRV SUV piloted by 50 year old Marlon Darnciang of Martinez.
Paramedics and fire personnel were called to the scene to attempt to save the downed officer, but they were unable to do so. Fanene, who worked at the CHP truck scales along Interstate 80, was pronounced dead on site. No other injuries were reported.
Investigators from the CHP are currently looking into the crash to determine if drugs or alcohol may have been factors. At this time no arrests have been made. “If there are any charges going to be files, it will be after the completion of the investigation,” said Officer Chris Parker in a press release about the crash.
The accident forced the closure of the highway in both directions for several hours as crews worked to clear the area of debris and as investigators scoured the scene. Traffic was being rerouted through American Canyon Road, North of Vallejo.
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