Motorcyclist Melvin Pryor Dies after Colliding with DUI Driver in Snelling
SNELLING, CA (June 14, 2022) – 57-year-old Melvin Pryor died in a DUI motorcycle accident that happened on May 31, according to the Merced County Sheriff Coroner’s Office.
The accident happened around 8:25 p.m. at Merced Falls Road. According to the CHP, Pryor was riding a 2000 custom motorcycle westbound on Merced Falls Road. At the same time, a 2015 Jeep Cherokee driven by 59-year-old Kevin Dougherty of Snelling, was traveling eastbound on Merced Falls Road.
As the two vehicles approached each other, Dougherty attempted to make a left turn into a private driveway directly in the path of the motorcycle. The vehicles collided head-on and Pryor became trapped beneath the Jeep.
As a result, Pryor suffered major injuries. An air ambulance took him to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, where he died on June 1.
Officers suspected Dougherty of being under the influence of narcotics. They arrested him on suspicion of felony driving under the influence causing bodily injury.
Neither Dougherty nor his 40-year-old male passenger sustained injuries.
This fatal crash remains under investigation.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Melvin Pryor.
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