Driving a motorcycle while “impaired” results in serious injuries

Bryce Williams was riding a 2007 Honda Motorcycle traveling westbound on Poleta Rd just west of the Owens River Bridge at an extremely high rate of speed.

Rodger Thornburg was driving a 2012 GMC 2500 eastbound on Poleta Rd west of the Owens River Bridge.

Due to Williams’ suspected impairment and high rate of speed, he allowed the motorcycle to cross over the double yellow lines into the path of the GMC pickup. Thornburg attempted to avoid the collision, however Williams collided with the left side of Thornburg’s vehicle.

Williams was ejected from the motorcycle and came to rest lying on the dirt shoulder.

Several people in the area came to the aid of Williams as they waited for the medics to arrive.

This collision is still under investigation by Bishop CHP

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13 Responses to Driving a motorcycle while “impaired” results in serious injuries

  1. Sara Hertl July 23, 2020 at 11:58 pm #

    Rather than condemning him, I’d like to thank all who were present at the scene who were trying to help him until paramedics arrived. I was there, my husband was too…, and I dont know all of your names, but the half dozen or more people who were selfless enough to stop; holding the blanket to block him from the sun, keeping him alert, and showing compassion… thank you.
    This man is suffering severe and permanent injuries and trauma from this accident. He did not appear to be impaired, only a blood test can determine that. He was the victim of a horrific ACCIDENT. I will keep him in my prayers. I have embedded in my memory his injuries, but the immediate concern and quick assistance from several unnamed heroes will accompany that memory.

    • Charles James July 28, 2020 at 9:53 am #

      Sara, thank you, and all the others on scene that provided assistance, in what must have been horrific circumstances.
      Bryce suffered very serious injuries, but seems to be pulling through.
      There is a GofundMe campaign for Medical Costs and Expenses that has been started that we hope will be successful in helping him and his family, who are also suffering the consequences from the accident.
      As a family man, Bryce has a family which depends on him as a father and a husband. Sierra Wave extends our well-wishes and encourages everyone to go show their support to the family by donating to the GoFundMe campaign started on his and his family’s behalf. This is a good cause. Please, everyone, support this effort.

  2. This is Not Journalism July 23, 2020 at 9:48 am #

    This headline is irresponsible and bad journalism – not to mention inappropriately flip. This was a serious accident that caused major injuries to a member of our community. You’re making light of that, and convicting him of a crime all at once. Unfortunately, this is far from the first case of bad taste and poor judgment manifesting itself in this site’s “news” articles. I’ve noticed more and more opinions, wisecracks, unsubstantiated claims, sweeping generalizations, and egregious spelling and grammatical errors in KSRW posts for the past several months. Please try to take pride in what you do by doing it professionally and responsibly. Community journalism – and the community – deserve better. Maybe enroll in an online journalism course to at least acquaint yourselves with the basics.

  3. Carol Howard July 23, 2020 at 8:07 am #

    I am disappointed in the lack of subjectivity regarding this article. Keep the headlines restricted to facts.It’s appropriate to say CHP suspect the driver was impaired within the context of the article. At the time the article was written he had not been charged. Stick to the facts, and remain professional.

    • Charles James July 23, 2020 at 10:10 am #

      The official press release provided to Sierra Wave stated “major injury traffic collision on Poleta Rd that resulted in a DUI arrest.” It seems pretty unambiguous and not just an opinion. If anything, using the term “impaired” almost seems kind. If someone in the community is driving while “impaired,” not only endangering themselves, but others, then the public is entitled to know “who” that is, especially if it’s on the public record which, in this case it is. As for as to “guilt” in a court of law, that’s another matter. Sierra Wave is well-aware of our responsibility to stick to the facts and remain professional. We did in this instance and we will continue to do so.

  4. Britney July 22, 2020 at 6:26 pm #

    I say we start releasing all complaints, any issues and let the wife’s know which one of their husbands is cheating. I bet you’ll see a difference in LEO actions. SW >truth

  5. Just mad July 22, 2020 at 2:41 pm #

    In the CHP report it says “suspected” but your headlines say he was impaired.. i believe all that is miss leading. How do you know for a fact he was impaired. May he was having a medical issue.. that is just wrong to out that as a headline.

  6. BobK July 22, 2020 at 2:29 pm #

    Where did you two come from, Portland?

    • David Dennison July 22, 2020 at 5:46 pm #

      How in the hell can you possibly try to spin their two comments as somehow being political ?
      Like your trying to do..
      I don’t agree with what they had to say either,but see it neither a left or right agenda.

      • Mono Person July 23, 2020 at 5:00 pm #

        Oh, Mr. Everything that is bad Is Trumps fault?? What?! And I’m not a Trumper

        • David Dennison July 23, 2020 at 10:14 pm #

          Mono Person
          Actually,I don’t “blame” trump for most of the bad things going on in our Country now,other than the racial divide he’s brought on.
          It’s his lack of any type of leadership what-so-ever, and his lies and lying making bad things that much worse,showing he belongs back on his VH1 reality show and nowhere near the white house..

  7. Cast the First Stone July 22, 2020 at 7:00 am #

    These smug public relations efforts by KSRW and the cops that only make fun of the misfortunes of others are sick.

  8. John July 22, 2020 at 6:05 am #

    What is the evidence that the motorcyclist was “impaired”?
    Just another allegation by the Law Enforcement with no reasons provided. They are not Peace officers, only Stazis


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