Riverside Police Department Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date August 22, 2004
Contact Lieutenant Darryl Hurt
Phone (951) 320-8005
Fax (951) 320-8043


Fatal Traffic Collision

Riverside, Ca-  Riverside Police Officers responded to the Arlington Ave. / Norwood Ave. intersection regarding a fatal traffic collision that occurred at 5.48 p.m. on Sunday, August 22, 2004.

Officers’ preliminary investigation and witness statements indicate Riverside resident Michael Sackal, 43 yrs., and his passenger Theresa Sackal, 42 yrs. were traveling eastbound on Arlington Ave. on a motorcycle at a high rate of speed. Michael Sackal lost control of their motorcycle and struck the roadway curb. After striking the curb the motorcycle traveled 400’ prior to overturning and ejecting them both from the motorcycle.

Michael Sackal sustained major life threatening injuries and was transported to Riverside Community Hospital and is in critical condition; Theresa Sackal sustained major injuries and expired at the collision scene.

The Riverside Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) responded to the scene to investigate the collision. Police ask any possible witness to the collision to contact Detective Reeves at (951) 826-5235.