Two crashes with one serious injury this week

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Motorcycles were involved in two crashes on Hill roads over the last week.

At 2:40 a.m. Sunday, July 2, Jeffrey Williams, 61, of San Marcos, was riding his red 2017 Harley Davidson motorcycle eastbound on Highway 74, a half-mile west of Carrizo Road in the Pinyon area, when he failed to execute a left-hand curve, ran up an embankment and then crashed onto the roadway. Williams sustained severe head injuries and was transported by American Medical Response to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs.

At 3:34 a.m. Tuesday, July 4, Kristen Schmidt, 47, of Logumkloster, Denmark, was riding her black Harley Davidson motorcycle eastbound on Highway 74, 2 miles west of McGaugh Road, when she crossed the double-yellow line and sideswiped  a 2014 silver Ford Focus driven by Christopher Dinanno, 32, of San Diego. Drugs or alcohol were not thought to be contributing factors in the crash. And, although both the car and motorcycle were towed to Idyllwild Garage, neither Schmidt nor Dinanno required medical transportation.

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