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Date and Time of Release: 30 September 2013

Date and Time of Incident: 26 September 2013

Subject: Major Injury Accident

26 September 2013, at approx. 5:47 pm, emergency personnel responded to the area of Stockton Road and Ponderosa Way, for a reported vehicle vs. motorcycle accident with injuries.

During the investigation it was determined that Michael Cowley, 51 of Sonora, was westbound on Stockton Road, on his Honda XR650 motorcycle, when Katherine Allen, 42 of Sonora, pulled out from a private driveway in front of Cowley, in her Chevy Suburban.

Cowley didn’t have time to react when Allen pulled out in front of him, and he struck the side of Allen’s vehicle. The force of the collision spun Allen’s vehicle around in the roadway and ejected Cowley from his motorcycle.

Cowley suffered numerous broken bones front both colliding with Allen’s vehicle and the pavement. Cowley was transported to Sonora Regional Medical Center by ambulance.