Photo by Jenny Kirchner
Photo by Jenny Kirchner

A serious motorcycle and car collision caused the motorcycle rider to be transported with “severe” injuries according to the California Highway Patrol report.

At about 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, Chad Basaker, 25, of Idyllwild, was riding his 2004 Suzuki dirt bike south on Highway 243 just south of mile marker 3, near Saunders Meadow Road when he crossed the double-yellow lines and sideswiped a silver Toyota Prius that was proceeding northbound and driven by John Carratello, 65, also of Idyllwild.

With Carratello in the right front passenger seat was Tony Carratello, 30, also of Idyllwild.

The motorcycle and Prius had moderate damage. The motorcycle was retrieved privately and the Prius was towed to Idyllwild Garage.

Basaker was unlicensed and his bike was not licensed for street use. His injuries consisted of broken bones and abrasions, and he was transported by ground ambulance to Riverside University Health System Medical Center in Moreno Valley.

CHP Public Information Officer Darren Meyer said the report showed no drugs or alcohol to be causative factors and no other vehicles were involved.

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