Kern County reaches $3.8 million settlement in deadly crash between motorcyclist, deputy

The damaged Kern County sheriff's patrol car is seen following a deadly crash with Larry Maharrey, a man on a motorcycle, in July 2015 at Norris Road and Airport Drive in Oildale, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo, file)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – Kern County has reached a $3.8 million settlement with the family of a motorcycle rider who died in a crash with a sheriff’s patrol car, according to County Counsel Mark Nations.

Larry Maharrey, 59, broadsided a patrol car in July 2015 at Norris Road and Airport Drive.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Marvin Gomez was on his way to a domestic violence call with his emergency lights activated, but the California Highway Patrol determined other vehicles obstructed the two men's views of each other. Neither man had more than a fraction of a second in which to avoid a collision.

The CHP investigators said the deputy acted with negligence when he attempted to turn left against a red light without a clear view of the intersection, but the district attorney decided not to prosecute.

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