Paso Robles motorcyclist killed in Central Valley

February 23, 2016

ambulance 4A 45-year-old Paso Robles man died Saturday after crashing his motorcycle in Fresno County. The CHP has identified the victim as Ronnie Allen Ochoa. [Fresno Bee]

Around 7:30 p.m., Ochoa was riding east of Coalinga, heading southbound on Sutter Avenue. Ochoa tried to bring his Harley-Davidson motorcycle to a sudden stop, but he lost control.

The accident threw Ochoa from the bike, and his body slammed into the road. Emergency responders rushed him to Coalinga Regional Medical Center, but he died of his injuries.

Another Paso Robles man is in critical condition at Sierra Vista hospital following a motorcycle accident Friday night. Tim Williams Karels, 37, was airlifted to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo after he sideswiped a Jeep Cherokee, then collided with an oak tree and a fence.

The crash occurred in rural Paso Robles on Creston Road near Neal Springs Road.

CHP officials initially said alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the crash. But, while speaking with Karels at the hospital, a CHP officer determined Karels was under the influence of alcohol when he crashed his motorcycle.

Karels was arrested at the hospital and charged with DUI and operating a motorcycle without a license. He remains in critical condition.

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Too much motorcycle for them to handle. When flesh meets metal or asphalt, flesh always loses.