The California Highway Patrol received a call at about 3:25 p.m., Aug. 6, of a collision between a truck and a motorcycle at the corner of Crane Valley Road (426) and Highway 41 that took the life of the motorcycle driver, Jack Thornton, 58, of Coarsegold.
According to the CHP, Thornton was riding alone on his Harley north bound on Highway 41 at an undetermined speed when he failed to stop for a red light. Upon entering the intersection, the motorcycle struck the front left of the truck that was making a left hand turn onto 41 from 426.
Thornton was transported by Sierra Ambulance to the parking lot behind Vons to be airlifted by the CHP helicopter to a Fresno hospital, but he was pronounced deceased before being placed in the helicopter.
Thornton, owner of Thornton’s Custom Tile, did a lot of work for Custom Designs as a member of the construction crew.
The F-350 truck is owned by Arbor Works, a tree cutting company working in the Mountain Area. The driver of the truck, Brandon Labaervega, 23, had recently moved to the area from Twin Peaks for work. He was uninjured in the accident.