Riverside Police Department
Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date November 1, 2002
Contact Sergeant Eric Charrette 
Phone (909) 351-6099
Fax (909) 351-6051


Fatal Traffic Collision

Riverside, Ca-  At approximately 7:45 pm on November 01, 2002, officers were called to the area of Blaine and Watkins regarding a major injury traffic collision. The preliminary investigation indicates that a motorcyclist was traveling westbound on Blaine and failed to stop for the red signal at Watkins. The overhead signal had turned green for a Dodge sedan, which was turning left from eastbound Blaine onto northbound Watkins.  The motorcyclist went down attempting to avoid a collision, but subsequently struck the right front portion of the car.

The motorcyclist was taken to Riverside Community Hospital by AMR where he was pronounced deceased. The motorcyclist is identified as 24 year-old Gregory Allan Sommer of Riverside. The driver and passenger of the Dodge sedan were not injured in the collision.

Members of the Major Accident Investigation Team responded to the scene to conduct further investigation.