Fleeing motorcyclist suffers major injuries in Redding crash

REDDING, Calif. — A motorcyclist who fled from a Redding traffic stop was seriously injured when he attempted to run a red light and plowed broadside into a passenger sedan Thursday afternoon, April 1. 

After the major injury collision, which happened at the intersection of Eureka Way and Pioneer Drive, officers determined the rider, Hunter Dorsey, 24, of Redding, had fled due to having a suspended license. He remains hospitalized.


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Yesterday’s incident began at 1:37 p.m., after a Redding police officer attempted to conduct a traffic enforcement stop on the driver of a Kawasaki motorcycle for having no visible license plate and driving at a high rate of speed, Redding Police Corporal Wes Townsley later said of the incident that preceded the collision.

Fleeing from officers and a potential suspended license ticket, a Redding man was seriously injured and remains hospitalized after smashing into another vehicle while trying to run a red light. Redding PD photo (L), Les Potter photo (R).

“The motorcyclist sped away, and the officer did not pursue due to the danger to the community,” said Townsley.

Although not being pursued, Dorsey continued at a high rate of speed toward the intersection of Eureka Way and Pioneer Drive.

As Dorsey sped into the intersection against a red light, he plowed into the passenger side door of a gold Kia Forte driven by Crystal Wears of Redding. Wears had entered the intersection on a green light, according to Townsley.

“Dorsey sustained major injuries from the collision and Wears sustained minor injuries,” explained Townsley; adding, “Both were transported to the local hospital for treatment.”


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During their subsequent investigation, officers determined Dorsey had been driving with a suspended license and had the plate to another motorcycle affixed to his wrecked bike.

Because Dorsey remains hospitalized, a complaint will be filed with the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office for reckless evasion and driving on a suspended license.

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Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 49, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.


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