Two Coarsegold women suffered major injuries Saturday morning on Highway 180 in central Fresno when one fell off her motorcycle and both were struck by a car, the California Highway Patrol said.
The CHP identified the women as Hilary Anne Rak, 50, and Deborah K. Terry, 63.
Sgt. Joseph Bianchi said the CHP is investigating what caused Rak to fall as she traveled east on Highway 180 around 10:15 a.m.
He said Rak, riding a 2002 Harley Davidson, landed in the No. 2 lane. Terry, on a three-wheel motorcycle, was riding behind Rak and stopped in the No. 2 lane and ran to help Rak.
According to a CHP release issued Tuesday, the original crash scene caused a chain-reaction crash involving two cars. A 34-year-old Clovis man in a 2008 Dodge was first on the scene and braked as he steered into the No. 1 lane. Close behind him was a 38-year-old Fresno man in a 2001 Toyota, who also braked and steered to the left but clipped the Dodge, sending the Toyota spinning toward the original motorcycle crash scene. The right rear of the Toyota hit both Rak and Terry.
The women were taken to Community Regional Medical Center. The car drivers were not injured, Bianchi said.
The CHP said it hadn’t been determined what speed any of the parties were traveling at the time of the crash.
Bianchi said at the scene that the women may have been riding as part of a motorcycle group, whose members stood and watched the accident scene from a distance.