On Thursday, Aug. 14, at around 2:30 p.m., John D. Schaarsma, age 36, of Redway, was riding a 2007 Honda motorcycle on Hwy. 101 traveling north in the southbound lanes just south of the Sprowel Creek Road overpass.
A 2006 BMW driven by B. Mainzer, age 31 from Bayside, was traveling southbound on Hwy. 101 within the southbound number one lane (the same lane occupied by the wrong-way motorcycle). The driver of the BMW was unable to avoid a collision with the wrong-way motorcycle and ultimately the front of the motorcycle collided into the front of the BMW. Schaafsma was fully ejected off of the motorcycle during the collision. Schaafsma was wearing a helmet.
The driver of the BMW had a complaint of pain as a result of the traffic collision and the passenger in the BMW, Nicole Hanson, age 35, of Bayside was uninjured. Schaafsma was transported to Jerold Phelps Community Hospital with major injuries.
DUI is not considered to be a factor in this collision.
California Highway Patrol, Humboldt County Sheriff's Deputies, Garberville Volunteer Fire Department, Cal Fire and Caltrans personnel all responded to the scene. This collision remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.