Man Crossing Street with Shopping Cart Struck, Killed by Motorcyclist in Santa Rosa

A man died Sunday after being struck by a motorcycle, Santa Rosa police said.

In a department statement, police identified James Seefeld, 62, of Santa Rosa as the driver of the silver BMW motorcycle.

Investigators say Seefeld was driving westbound on Montgomery Drive at about 5:45 a.m. when a man, who has not yet been identified, crossed the street in front of him with a shopping cart.

Police say the road was slick and Seefeld did not have enough time to stop or swerve to avoid hitting the man, who was thrown into the air after the motorcycle slammed into him. Though officers rushed the victim to a nearby hospital, he died as a result of major injuries, according to the statement.

Seefeld, who police say is cooperating with investigators, was not thrown off his BMW and didn't report any injuries in the grisly crash. Police say there is no reason to believe he was speeding or violating any traffic laws.

Montgomery Drive between Yulupa Avenue and Jacqueline Drive was closed for several hours after the accident, with police advising drivers to use alternate routes such as Sonoma Avenue.

People with information about the crash are asked to call Santa Rosa police Officer Jeff Woods at (707) 543-3636.

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