UPDATE: Napa Man Injured in Motorcyle Crash Dies in Hospital

California Highway Patrol is investigating.

Emergency personnel help an injured motorcyclist after a crash in Napa Friday evening. credit Robert Peebles Jr.
Emergency personnel help an injured motorcyclist after a crash in Napa Friday evening. credit Robert Peebles Jr.
UPDATE: Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013


A Napa man who was ejected from his motorcycle when it struck a car in east Napa Friday died Tuesday afternoon at Queen of the Valley Hospital, a Napa County sheriff's captain said.

Donovan W. Hermes, 40, died at 3:55 p.m., Capt. Leroy Anderson said.
Hermes was driving a 2007 Ducati motorcycle east on Imola Avenue west of Penney Lane around 7 p.m. when a 1999 Lexus pulled out of a driveway to turn left on Imola Avenue, the California Highway Patrol said.
The Lexus driver, Beleny I. Reese, 25, oF Cotati, saw the oncoming motorcycle in the eastbound lane of Imola Avenue and tried to put her car in reverse to avoid a collision, the CHP said.
The front end of the motorcycle struck the left side of the Lexus, ejecting Hermes from the motorcycle, the CHP said.

Fire personnel arrived and gave Hermes CPR and located a pulse after several minutes of medical attention, the CHP said.
Hermes was taken by ambulance to Queen of the Valley Hospital for
treatment of major injuries. Reese was not injured.

UPDATE: Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Dec. 14, 2013

A motorcyclist involved in a collision Friday night with a car in south Napa had to be revived by fire emergency personnel using cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the California Highway Patrol said this morning.

Donavan W. Hermes, 40, of Napa, initially had no pulse after being ejected from his 2007 Ducati motorcycle following the 5:01 p.m. crash at Imola Avenue west of Penny Lane, the CHP said.

Fire emergency personnel started CPR and were able to get a pulse. After that, Hermes was immediately transported by AMR ambulance to Queen of the Valley Medical Center with major injuries, the CHP said.

Beleny I. Reese, 25, of Cotati, the driver of the car -- a 1999 Lexus -- was uninjured, the CHP said.

According to the police report, the Lexus was stopped in a private driveway preparing to make a left turn onto Imola Avenue. The Ducati was traveling eastbound on Imola Avenue west of Penny Lane at an unknown speed.

As the Lexus began to turn left onto Imola Avenue, Reese told police she observed the eastbound lane was occupied by the Ducati.

Reese attempted to put the Lexus into reverse to avoid a collision, but was unable to. The front end of the Lexus collided into the left side of the Ducati.

The impact caused Hermes to be ejected from the Ducati, and to come to rest under the Lexus. 

Fire personnel arrived on scene and immediately provided medical attention.  Hermes was unresponsive and a pulse was not located, the CHP said. 

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation efforts were started.  After several minutes of CPR, a pulse was located and Hermes was immediately transported via AMR ambulance to Queen of the Valley Medical Center with major injuries. 

The collision is under investigation, the CHP said.

PREVIOUSLY: Friday, 9 p.m. Dec. 13, 2013
A motorcyclist was transported Friday to the hospital with major injuries after a collision with a car in the 2100 block of Imola Avenue in south Napa, witnesses said.

The crash occurred just after 6 p.m.

Witnesses said the driver of the car did not appear injured and was not immediately seen to be transported.

California Highway Patrol staff on duty Friday night had no immediately word on the details of the accident or the identities of the people involved.

Ash Leigh December 14, 2013 at 12:37 AM
I heard sirens everywhere around 5p. Must've been something else.
Keri Brenner (Editor) December 14, 2013 at 12:41 AM
It might be the same accident. Don't have the police report yet, so the time may be off. Thanks for the update.
deb mitchell December 14, 2013 at 09:24 AM
went by just after it happened and it was around 5:10-5:15
Tom Davidson December 15, 2013 at 01:15 AM
Big props to the Fire Department for having the knowledge and desire to save the crash victim's life. Were they the only emergency responders with the initiative and capability ? Kinda scary, if so
D. Hudson December 15, 2013 at 07:47 AM
"Ducati was traveling eastbound on Imola Avenue west of Penny Lane at an unknown speed." You didn't need to write it. You could have written that you don't know if the driver was under the influence of narcotics but that would be suggesting fault and don't think we need that in an article. I am sure that the family and friends of this loved and respected human citizen of our community does not appreciate the local paper suggesting he was just another reckless jerk on a motorcycle. Praise the Fire Department, they are always the first on the seen. We should all be aware the heroes that ride every day in those trucks never knowing what to expect upon arrival but knowing how to save a life in an instant.
MICHAEL WILSON "TEA PARTY 2014" December 15, 2013 at 10:21 PM
Looks and sounds like the Bike was not going to fast. Just goes to show riding a bike is Dangerous Business here in the me first state. As for the Police and Fire departments doing there job There are no heroes in the job It is just training. We are lucky to still have a well tax funded department in this city. Your tax bill reflects it each year.
A.R. December 16, 2013 at 06:01 PM
Wow! Nope, they're not heroes! They get paid so that's not possible! Michael Wilson, you really need to get a life! I'm guessing you wouldn't do their job!
MICHAEL WILSON "TEA PARTY 2014" December 16, 2013 at 06:27 PM
Did not know one had to be a Member of the Fire Department to have an opinion.
Scott Conley December 17, 2013 at 10:55 PM
I saw no less than 3 people refuse to give this man CPR who were certified and on scene before emergency personnel arrived. He was breathing and when he stopped my friend told a few people to lift the Lexus on this man. My friend then ordered a certified CPR to begin CPR. She did then FD showed up. By the skid marks he was going about 30-40 mph. He downshifted prior to locking brakes. Never ever go backwards to avoid an accident! You cause accidents this way. We are very happy to hear this man made it to the hospital and hope he is ok. At thw time of the accident a group of us were mourning the loss of our good friend.
Tom Davidson December 18, 2013 at 09:59 PM
Sadly, it appears that the motorcyclist has passed away. God Bless him and his loved ones..truly tragic.
Dianne Jackel December 18, 2013 at 10:47 PM
My prayers go out to this man's family. So sorry to hear that he died.
Keri Brenner (Editor) December 19, 2013 at 12:08 AM
@Dianne: yes, sending prayers and condolences to the family.
organist December 21, 2013 at 11:48 AM
Very curious about the REAL time of the motorcycle accident. The report says: 5:01, shortly before 6, around 7 pm. So, what is the real time of this horrific accident?
Scott Conley January 02, 2014 at 11:12 AM
Just after 5pm.


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