A Pismo Beach man was seriously injured Saturday after a crash on Highway 101 in Santa Barbara, according to the CHP.
At approximately 10 a.m., a loose dog was reported on northbound Highway 101 near Bath Street, according to a news release from the CHP. Before officers arrived, several vehicles were slowing and swerving to avoid the animal.
However, Mark Lee Richards, a 60-year-old Pismo Beach resident, was unable to to slow his 2007 Suzuki motorcycle before rear-ending a 2000 Lexus sedan driven by a Glendale resident.
After hitting the Lexus, the motorcycle was rear-ended by a 1995 Hyundai Elantra driven by a Salinas man, according to the CHP. That crash caused Richards to fall off his bike.
Richards was taken to Santa Barbara Hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries, according to the CHP. The Hyundai driver was treated for head and neck pain. The Lexus driver was not injured.
Alcohol is not suspected to have played a role in the crash, according to the CHP.
The dog ran off the freeway and was not found.