UPDATE: Fatal motorcycle crash victim identified
The Humboldt County Coroner’s Office has identified the motorcyclist who died after crashing his motorcycle on Broadway as 26 year old Tommy Ricardo Ruiz of Eureka.
On April 20, 2014, at approximately 12:35 AM, a Eureka Police Department
officer on patrol was driving northbound in the #2 lane of Broadway Street just
north of Wabash Avenue when he was passed by a blue and white Honda
motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed in the #1 lane of northbound
Broadway Street. The officer estimated the motorcycle was travelling in excess
of 80 MPH as it entered the 30 MPH zone there.
The officer broadcast his observations of the reckless motorcyclist to Dispatch
but did not take any enforcement action out of concern it would only prompt the
rider to further increase his speed.
As the officer continued driving northbound, he saw the rider lose control of the
motorcycle at around the 1000 block of Broadway. The rider fell off his
motorcycle and struck the raised curb at West Grant Street and Broadway. The
motorcycle continued north and collided with a closed garage door at 939
Broadway, breaking through the door.
The rider suffered fatal injuries from his collision with the curb and was
pronounced dead at the scene. EPD Traffic Unit officers were called to the