Update: Los Gatos Motorcyclist Killed Near Scotts Valley ID'd

Courtesy CHP logo
Courtesy CHP logo
Updated: 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, Bay City News Service: A 71-year-old Los Gatos man died in a crash near Scotts Valley on Wednesday while riding an all-electric motorcycle, authorities said today.

The victim has been identified by the Santa Cruz County coroner's office as Alan Yelensky.

At about 1 p.m. Wednesday, Yelensky was riding a 2014 Zero motorcycle south on Granite Creek Road near Blair Ranch Road south of Scotts Valley when he collided with a northbound Ford F-250 truck, California Highway Patrol Officer Leland Adkins said.

The collision caused Yelensky to be ejected from the motorcycle, and he landed about 15 feet down an embankment, Adkins said.

Emergency responders pronounced him dead at the scene. The driver of the truck was not injured, Adkins said.

One of the two vehicles had apparently crossed over the double-yellow line that separates the two lanes on Granite Creek, Adkins said.

Zero Motorcycles, a company based in Scotts Valley, had manufactured the all-electric motorcycle Yelensky was riding, Adkins said.

The company this month released a 2014 rechargeable electric motorcycle with an accessory permitting drivers to travel up to 171 miles in the city and 88 miles on the highway on one charge, according to the company's website.


Original story: noon, Thursday, Jan. 17: A 71-year-old Los Gatos motorcyclist died Wednesday afternoon after crashing his bike on Granite Creek Road, the CHP said. 

The accident occurred at about 1 p.m. when the Los Gatos rider, on a Zero motorcycle, traveling southbound on Granite Creek Road collided with a driver northbound on a Ford F-250, said CHP officer spokeswoman Sarah Jackson.

"They were coming towards each other and the two vehicles struck," Jackson said. 

The road, south of Blair Ranch Road, was closed for about two hours to allow CHP officers to investigate the accident, Jackson said.

The cause of the fatal wreck is still under investigation, Jackson added.

The bike the Los Gatos man was riding is manufactured in Scotts Valley, Jackson said.

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Esmée St James January 16, 2014 at 06:11 PM
I'm so sorry to hear that, my condolences to the rider's family and friends.
Marilyn Leonard January 16, 2014 at 06:16 PM
Condolences to all involved. Unfortunately, no matter who was at fault, a motorcycle nearly always loses a battle with a truck. Sad.
Gerry Flood January 20, 2014 at 11:27 AM
Ms Sanchez, I recently read the story in the above mentioned article. How relevant were your references to the fact that the motorcycle was an 'ELECTRIC' motorcycle or that it was made by Zero? The facts seemed reletively straightforward in that 2 motor vehicles collided and there unfortunately was a fatality! Did you include the make , model and other facts about the other vehicle? Was you article written to grab a 'TESLA' type headline? What exactly did the fact that the motorcyle was electric have to do with the story other than a cheap shot to grab space? I though Journalism was supposed to be about relevant facts Gerry Flood 248.752.7110
Kim Austin January 20, 2014 at 04:26 PM
The type and brand of motorcycle are quite relevant because the rider was test riding the bike. Electric motorcycles handle and brake differently than standard bikes, which may be very relevant in the circumstances of the crash.
Esmée St James January 20, 2014 at 05:16 PM
Good point, Kim, our EV handles very differently from a gas powered car. It brakes very hard and fast and acceleration is also really quick. It could very well be similar for a motorbike.


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