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Date and Time of Release: 30 May 2012

Date and Time of Incident: 29 May 2012, at approx. 8:20 pm

Subject: Injury Vehicle Accident
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29 May 2012, at approx. 8:20 pm, the Sonora Police Department responded to a reported vehicle vs. motorcycle accident at the intersection of South Washington Street and Church Street.

Officers determined that Ariel Diggan, 22 of Sonora, was traveling on South Washington Street in a 1998 Dodge Ram pick-up; W. Allen Flud, 47 of Jamestown, was also traveling on South Washington Street, in the opposite direction of Diggan, on a 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle.

When both vehicles reached the intersection of South Washington Street and Church Street, Diggan failed to yield the right of way to Flud and made a left turn onto Church Street directly in front of Flud. Witnesses stated that both vehicles were traveling at the speed limit and that Flud was unable to avoid colliding with the side of Diggan’s vehicle, as Diggan turned in front of him.

The force of the collision ejected Flud from his motorcycle and onto the pavement. Flud was taken by ambulance to Sonora Regional Medical Center then flown to Doctor’s Memorial Hospital in Modesto.

South Washington Street was closed for approximately 45 minutes during this incident. The investigation into this accident is continuing.