California Highway Patrol (CHP) Public Information Officer Matt Napier reported two recent traffic collisions on the Hill.
At about 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, Michele Weitzen, 49, of Westminster, Colorado, was riding a black 2017 BMW motorcycle eastbound on Forest Service Road 5S09 1.1 miles west of Pine Cove Road at about 10 mph at a slight ascending grade when she lost control because of the variants on the road and turned the motorcycle over on the right side. She was ejected, causing a broken leg.
A passerby assisted her to Pine Cove Market. American Medical Response transported her to San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital. The motorcycle was not towed.
At 12:05 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, Ryan Tidwell, 43, of Idyllwild, was driving a gold 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee eastbound on Pine Cove Road west of Sylvan Way, when, because of his level of intoxication, he traveled to the left of the road, colliding with a telephone pole.
The report did not state who transported him to Desert Regional Medical Center before the CHP officer’s arrival. The officer responded to the hospital where Tidwell was not injured but his extreme intoxication led to his arrest for driving under the influence. The vehicle was not towed.