Three dead in weekend collisions

Three dead in weekend collisionsEmergency Medical Service vehicles (background) attend a fatality on Bowman Road — Photo by Laura Austin

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By BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writer

Two separate traffic collisions over Thanksgiving weekend have left three dead and two others with major injuries according to reports from California Highway Patrol’s Mojave office. Three motorcyclists were among those killed and injured from both accidents, which occurred Saturday evening, Nov. 24.

According to press releases, two motorcyclists, later identified as Brian Berry and Shawn Chromi of Inyokern, were headed west on Bowman Road, between Brown Road and Highway 395, at approximately 5:30 p.m. when they were struck by an eastbound Honda Civic.

Berry, 47, was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital where he remains in critical condition while Chromi, 44, was killed at the scene.

An unnamed female passenger from the Honda also sustained major injuries while the driver, later identified as Morgyn Dobson, 44, reportedly fled the scene.

Dobson was later apprehended and treated by local medical staff before being booked at the Bakersfield Central Receiving Facility. He's charged with felony counts of manslaughter and hit & run.

According to online reports from family, Berry suffered a leg injury which required an amputation and he underwent surgery on Tuesday to repair his femur. He remains in a medically induced coma while awaiting an additional surgery to repair his pelvis.

Friends and family have also set up a GoFundMe campaign (gofundme.com/raising-money-for-brian-berry039s-medical-expenses) and have raised $4,525 toward a $20,000 goal to offset medical costs.

The second collision occurred roughly an hour later on U.S. Highway 395 near Red Mountain.

According to the CHP release, an unnamed Newport Beach man was illegally driving an off-road motorcycle south on 395 when he crossed a double yellow line into the northbound lane and collided with a Suzuki Sidekick.

Both the motorcyclist and the 69-year-old male driving the Sidekick were killed as the automobile overturned into the desert west of the roadway while the motorcyclist was thrown from his bike. A 73-year-old female passenger in the Sidekick also sustained major injuries and was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital. Both occupants of the Sidekick were Ridgecrest residents, but no names were available at press time.

The highway was shut down in both directions for approximately six hours while authorities investigated the accident.

The investigation is ongoing and alcohol and/or drug use is still in question.

Witnesses or others with information are encouraged to call the CHP Mojave Area Office at 661-823-5500.

Story First Published: 2018-11-30