Phillip Liberto Identified in Fatal Lake County Motorcycle Accident
LAKE COUNTY, CA (May 26, 2023) – The Lake County Sheriff’s Office identified 57-year-old Phillip Richard Liberto of Lakeport who died in a motorcycle accident on Soda Bay Road (Highway 281) on May 19.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the collision happened just west of Fairway Drive around 8:50 PM. Based on a report, Liberto was driving a special construction motorcycle westbound on highway at an unknown speed prior to the crash.
At the same time, 60-year-old Michael C. Pitto of Lower Lake was driving a 2006 Dodge Ram pickup towing a boat trailer eastbound. Due to unknown reasons, Pitto turned the pickup left across the westbound lane, directly in the path of Liberto’s motorcycle, causing a crash.
As a result, Liberto suffered severe injuries and died in the incident.
His passenger, 51-year-old Jessica R. Rehder of Kelseyville, sustained major injuries and was transported to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.
Pitto was wearing a seat-belt and was not hurt.
As of now, an investigation into the case is ongoing. In addition, no other details are available.
We send our sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of Phillip Richard Liberto.
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