UPDATE: Motorcyclist Killed in Crash Identified

The crash was reported at Bradshaw Road, near Elk Grove Boulevard Saturday afternoon, according to Elk Grove police.

Updated 7:24 p.m.:

A motorcycle rider killed when his Victory bike slammed into a minivan in Elk Grove was identified as a 63-year-old Sacramento man.

Kenneth W. Duffy was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, reported about 12:50 p.m. Saturday.


A man thrown off his motorcycle when the bike slammed into a minivan in Elk Grove died at the scene, authorities said Sunday.

The crash was reported at 12:49 p.m., on Bradshaw Road, at the intersection with Elk Grove Boulevard, Elk Grove police Sgt. Audrey Haug said.

Preliminary investigation indicated that for some reason, the man -- 63 years old from Sacramento - did not stop at the stop sign and his Victory broadsided the van.

The woman driving the van -- she was carrying five passengers in the vehicle -- suffered injuries and was taken by ambulance to Kaiser Hospital, where a condition report was not immediately available.


Correction: A previous version of this story misidentified the age of the crash victim and the type of intersection where the accident happened. Patch regrets the error.


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Ken January 21, 2013 at 02:05 AM
There's a stop sign there, not a stop light.
Todd Minner January 21, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Chris Cassinelli January 22, 2013 at 12:54 AM
I am a rider and I dont understand this accident. I know the intersection and really dont understand! Nothing blocks this sign. Did he know the area? Maybe a medical issue while riding? As A rider this hits home and so sorry to see another life lost. Peace be with him now a god speed to his family.
Cody Kitaura (Editor) January 22, 2013 at 06:03 PM
Ken, you're definitely correct. Sorry about that error.
Ruth Munson Morgan January 25, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Ken always knew that he would go to heaven while riding his bike. It seems that it was his time and the Lord called him home. Peace is with him. He was a tremendous inspiration to youths and adults, sharing Christ with everyone he met.
Cody Kitaura (Editor) January 26, 2013 at 12:52 AM
Ruth, thanks for sharing that. Do you have any other stories about Ken? I'm sure others would like to hear more about him.
Will Greenhagen January 26, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Ken was a military vet. Who dedicated his life to helping others. If you needed a ride to church he made sure I had one. If you didn't have any clothes he made sure you got some. If you needed a job he would find one for you. If you needed advice other just someone to talk to he was there for you. Even years of not seeing him he would still call to catch up or just show up at your house to see how you were doing. He did not care if you were poor or rich, young or old, a convict or a saint. He treated everyone equally. He will be missed. Now time to get ready for his funeral.
Paula Duffy March 10, 2013 at 04:20 AM
I am his wife and I have been with Ken since I was 17. He is/was the love of my life. He was immediately blamed for the accident. He knew Bradshaw Rd. and obeyed the laws. He had ridden bikes for years. He would never have hit a vehicle. There has to be a malfunction and he is not here to tell us what happened but I will fight for him until the day I die. He was a military vet and a true leader of Jr high and high school kids. Over 1100 at his celebration. Does that tell you how many people loved him. We did not even do an obituary...
Paula Duffy March 10, 2013 at 04:27 AM
He was in excellent health, no medications and strong as an ox. He knew Bradshaw very well. The blame was put on him and the proper investigation was not done. He was considered to be distracted, not the case. He rode for over 40 years and came home with bee stings on his neck and was not distracted. Something malfunctioned on that bike. I am at a loss for words. He was and is the love of my life for 42 years, Our family is devastated. I want some answers and he is not here to tell us. He was so busy trying to stop that bike I am sure he had no clue where he was in the intersection. He did not ride on the freeway or after dark. My question is if you see a biker or car coming at a speed that says they are not stopping or he is not looking up, do you proceed in that intersection?. They did not know the area and maybe they were the distracted ones. The police did not even perform the proper procedures at the scene. It was blown off. That is sad and disgusting. This accident was maybe 3-4 miles from our home. Too bad the Highway patrol was not there.
Paula Duffy March 10, 2013 at 04:29 AM
Thank you for your kind and very correct comments. He influenced so many lives...He was and is an inspiration to many and greatly missed by many. I love him and miss him so much.
Paula Duffy March 10, 2013 at 04:42 AM
Thanks Ruth for sharing the kind words about my husband, He did touch alot of lives and hislegacy will live on. I miss him so much. He is the love of my life.
Paula Duffy March 10, 2013 at 04:43 AM
Thank tyou for your true and kind words. I love him and miss him so much. He was a wonderful person and a military vietnam 20 year vet.


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