MARIN COUNTY -- Two Novato men suffered severe injuries Wednesday night when the motorcycles they were riding collided at high speed near Hicks Valley.
The California Highway Patrol said that at about 7:45 p.m., 20-year-old Robert Kline was riding a 2010 Yamaha R6 southbound on Point Reyes-Petaluma Road south of Novato Boulevard, at about 100 mph. Ahead of Kline, 20-year-old Erik Dyvad of Novato was riding a 2004 Honda 600RR southbound at between 60 and 100 mph.
"As they traveled southbound on Point Reyes-Petaluma Road at a high rate of speed, Dyvad applied his brakes abruptly and Kline was not able to slow his motorcycle in time to avoid a collision," CHP Officer Eric Hohmeister said. "Both motorcycles collided."
Dyvad was ejected, landed on his shoulder and slid in a southbound direction. The Honda continued and struck a telephone pole. The Yamaha continued southeast, striking a barbed wire fence. Kline was ejected and came to rest in a field east of the roadway.
Kline was taken to Marin General Hospital for treatment of a nearly severed left leg, broken left arm and lacerations. Dyvad was taken to Marin General for treatment of a broken left arm.
The road was closed while CHP officers investigated, then reopened at about 10 p.m.
Alcohol was not believed to have been a factor in the incident, the highway patrol said.
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