Riverside Police Department
Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date June 22, 2001
Contact Sergeant Don Taulli
Phone (909) 826-5576
Fax (909) 826-5616


Fatal/Major Injury Traffic Collision

Location Dufferin St. E/of Grace St. Riverside, Ca. 92504
Time 3:50 PM
Driver-1 Raymond Bitney (46)
Moreno Valley, Ca.
Injuries Massive blunt force trauma to the body. Mr. Bitney was pronounced deceased by the emergency room medical staff at Riverside Community Hospital.
Driver-2 Jeffery Richards (84)
Riverside, Ca.
Injuries Minor abrasions and cuts. Mr. Richards was treated at the scene by members of the Riverside Fire Department.


Narrative: A KTM motorcycle driven by Mr. Bitney was W/B Dufferin approaching Grace. A 1998 Ford F150 truck driven by Mr. Richards turned left from E/B Dufferin into a private drive. Both vehicles collided.

Mr. Bitney was thrown from the motorcycle sustaining fatal injuries. The motorcycle driven by Mr. Bitney ignited and was extinguished by the Riverside Fire Department.

The collision is being investigated by the Riverside Police Department Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT).