Motorcyclist dies on Wentworth Springs Rd.
STUMPY MEADOWS — An Elk Grove man was killed Sunday morning when he lost control of his speeding motorcycle on Wentworth Springs Road, an official with the California Highway Patrol said.
Placerville area CHP officer Dan Stark said Christopher Austria, 42, died Sunday at 11:40 a.m. when he was thrown from his Kawasaki ZX-250 while driving eastbound on Wentworth Springs Road over the Stumpy Meadows Dam.
Stark said Austria was likely speeding when he lost control of his motorcycle and went flying into a nearby guard rail.
Austria was pronounced dead at the scene.
This is the second motorcycle death on Wentworth Springs Road in as many months.
In May Georgetown woman Tracie Murchie, 39, was killed when the motorcycle on which she was riding as a passenger collided with a truck.
Stark urged El Dorado County residents to practice safe driving, especially when the summer months bring an increase in motorcyclists on the roadways.
“Those roads are winding, they go around curves,” said Stark. “You can’t take anything for granted.”