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Canyon Collision Yields DUI Arrest

Update: Motorcycle rider was in serious condition after crash between a car and a motorcycle Sunday afternoon on Pinehurst Road; CHP charges driver of car with DUI.

Updated. 1:10 p.m. Monday, details from Moraga PD.

The unidentified driver of a car that collided with a motorcycle in unincorporated Canyon at 3:41 p.m. Sunday was arrested on suspicion of DUI by the CHP, Moraga police reported.

When Moraga officers responded on Pinehurst Road, west of Canyon Road, the injured motorcyclist, lying on the ground, "was conscious and breathing, although serious injured," according to the Moraga police report. The car was in flames, and Moraga officers first ascertained that no one was in the car. The driver of the sedan was tending to the injured motorcyclist after the crash, a biker who was on the scene shortly after the collision told Patch.

Moraga-Orinda firefighters arrived, assisted the motorcyclist and put out the car fire. The injured motorcyclist was airlifted by helicopter from Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School a couple of miles away.

Patch reader Jim Boucher took the photo of the helicopter on the playground/ basketball courts behind Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School in Moraga. Thanks, Jim.

A couple of Patch readers noted that the aftermath of the accident had the car up on an embankment and a crashed motorcycle in the road.

Chris Nicholson February 11, 2013 at 10:30 PM
Worst possible road to drive after having ANYTHING to drink. I hope the motorcycle rider is OK.
Nick S February 17, 2013 at 04:10 AM
I always tried not to drive drunk on that road. Lots of people have been seriously injured on that roadway when they were sober. Hopefully the driver will get some help with their alcoholism. I hope the motorcyclist will be ok.

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