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2 motorcycle riders critical after head-on sideswipe
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Two Manteca motorcycle riders suffered critical injuries just before midnight Saturday when they reportedly sideswiped each other in a head-on crash.

Manteca Police patrolman Bob Anderson was only a minute away from the scene on Woodward Avenue just west of McKinley Avenue when he received the call of the two riders down in the roadway.

Police said the two Harley Davidson motorcycles ended up some 400 feet apart in opposite directions following the collision. A witness at the scene said one of the riders had just left the nearby Islander restaurant and the other was heading to that location when the incident occurred.

Shari Dugodansby, 47, was reportedly westbound on Woodward Avenue when Frank Ferreira, 45, was riding eastbound and in the process of passing an SUV driving ahead of him when the two motorcycles clipped each other on their left sides as they passed, according to officers.

Manteca Police spokesman Rex Osborn said the motorcyclists suffered traumatic high speed injuries to their limbs in the crash.  He added that witnesses to the crash all stopped and rendered aid to the two victims. Osborn said it was possible the east bound rider never saw the other motorcycle coming.

Dugodansby was transported to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto by helicopter and Ferreira was taken by ambulance to San Joaquin General Hospital.  He was later transported to U.C. Davis Hospital for surgery.

The Manteca Police major accident investigation team (MAIT) was called out staffed by officers David Bright, Patrick Danipour, Bob Anderson and Rex Osborn to detail the specifics involving the crash.  Detective Sgt. Tony Souza has been assigned to handle the follow up investigation and determine if alcohol was involved in the incident.

Manteca Explorer cadets who had been riding with patrol officers took over the duties of directing traffic until SHARP volunteers could be sent to the scene.  A detour was set up using Bronson Road and part of a farmer’s access road.  Woodward Avenue was closed until about 5 a.m. Sunday.