The California Highway Patrol is investigating two separate hit-and-run collisions on Interstate Highway 80, the first occurring Saturday and claiming the life of a bicyclist, and the second occurring Sunday and causing major injuries to a motorcycle rider and his passenger.
On Saturday about 8:14 p.m., CHP responded to the a report of metal debris blocking the middle lanes of I-80 westbound just east of Richmond Parkway. They arrived on scene and discovered that a bicyclist had been struck by a vehicle, and was subsequently struck by multiple vehicles, according to the CHP.
The bicyclist was identified by the Contra Costa County Coroner’s Office as Gabriel Roberts, 26, a transient from the area.
“At this time there are few details regarding the initial vehicle involved in this collision,” the CHP said.
Today just after 7 a.m., the CHP responded to a another felony hit-and-run collision in the westbound lanes just west of Central Avenue. They responded to the scene and found good Samaritans had blocked off all lanes in that direction. The right lane was subsequently re-opened while the left three lanes remained closed for about an hour for the investigation.
Preliminary reports indicate a man and his female passenger were riding on a motorcyclist, splitting the No. 1 and No. 2 lanes at approximately 35 mph, when a white Toyota Prius changing from the No. 1 to No. 2 lanes cut directly into the path of the motorcyclist, the CHP said. The rider swerved right and collided into the back of a white Toyota Tundra, which caused the rider and passenger to be ejected onto the roadway and subsequently struck by a truck/trailer combination. The truck failed to stop at the scene and remains outstanding.
Albany Fire responded to the scene and both the rider and passenger were transported to a local hospital with major injuries, the CHP said.
Anyone with information on either incident is encouraged to contact the CHP at (510) 450-3821.