Hwy. 25 accident injures one

A Hollister man was seriously injured in an accident Tuesday
when his motorcycle collided with a car driven by an unlicensed
motorist at the intersection on Highway 25 and Wright Road.
A Hollister man was seriously injured in an accident Tuesday when his motorcycle collided with a car driven by an unlicensed motorist at the intersection on Highway 25 and Wright Road.

Ricardo Arredondo, 20, was transported by helicopter to an intensive care unit at San Jose-area hospital, the California Highway Patrol said.

The 5:02 p.m. crash occurred when Arredondo was southbound on Highway 25 on a 1997 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle at approximately 45 to 50 mph, the CHP said.

As Arredondo approached the Wright Road intersection, a maroon 1987 Honda Civic, driven by Fidencio Cisneros, 19, of Aromas reportedly drove westbound across the highway into the path of Arredondo’s motorcycle and the vehicles collided, the CHP said.

An unidentified CHP officer saw the accident scene as he was leaving the Sheriff Department’s firing range a short distance away and rendered first aid to Arredondo until paramedics arrived.

Tuesday’s collision was the second serious accident to happen at the intersection in four days.

On Friday, Jill Shutt, 29, of Hollister sustained a severe head injury in a collision at the intersection and was taken by helicopter to a San Jose-area hospital, Hollister Police said.

The 12:40 p.m. accident happened when Shutt was southbound on Highway 25 in a black 2000 Nissan Maxima, police said. At the same time, a white 1982 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme GL driven by Dorothy Lomanto, 82, of Hollister reportedly began a left turn from the highway onto Wright Road. When Lomanto crossed the highway’s southbound lane the cars collided, police said.

The force of the collision blew out both tires on the passenger side of Lomanto’s car and ripped its right rear tire from the axle. Shutt’s vehicle reportedly skidded out of control, ran off the highway and stopped on a grassy slope next to the road.

That section of Highway 25 was closed for more than a half hour to allow a helicopter to land and take Shutt to a hospital, and for police to clear the wreckage.

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