CHP: St. Helena motorcyclist not wearing helmet before crash into tree

2013-07-04T20:56:00Z 2013-07-04T22:55:33Z CHP: St. Helena motorcyclist not wearing helmet before crash into treeRegister staff Napa Valley Register
July 04, 2013 8:56 pm  • 

A 21-year-old St. Helena man was in serious condition at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital Thursday morning after crashing a motorcycle into a tree Wednesday night, authorities said. The man, who was reportedly not wearing a helmet, was later arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Around 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, authorities responded to a solo vehicle crash on Crystal Springs Road north of Rose Lane, the California Highway Patrol reported. According to witnesses, the motorcyclist was traveling south on Crystal Springs without a helmet when he apparently overreacted upon seeing oncoming traffic, veered to the right and struck a tree.

The man, identified as Jason E. DeAlba of St. Helena, sustained major injuries, possibly including a skull fracture, the CHP said.

DeAlba was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor DUI, the CHP said.

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