By SCOTT GRAVES
Brookings resident Byron Jay Suiter, 35, died Wednesday night after crashing his motorcycle on a Forest Service road in the Rowdy Creek drainage area, authorities said.
Suiter was treated at Sutter Coast Hospital at approximately 5:15 p.m. after he sustained major internal injuries from the solo-vehicle accident, according to the California Highway Patrol. Authorities are not sure what caused the accident.
Russell Strain, Suiters brother-in-law, said he was riding another motorcycle with Suiter when he noticed Suiter was no longer behind him. When Strain went back down the road he found Suiter sitting on the ground close to his motorcycle. Suiter said he hurt pretty bad so Strain rode out and called for help.
It was a freak accident. He hit something in the road and went down, Strain told The Pilot.
It took several hours for authorities, including the CHP, Del Norte County Sheriffs Department, and search and rescue, to reach the scene.
They determined Suiter was suffering from major internal injuries and he was transported by Del Norte Ambulance to Sutter Coast Hospital.
The trip took about 1 1/2 hours because of the remote location and difficult terrain, Strain said.
Suiter died around 10:50 p.m.
He was born in Crescent City but grew up and raised a family in Brookings, according to his sister, Denise Strain.
Byron was a great husband, father, brother, son and friend to everyone, she said. He had a heart of gold and would offer his help to anyone who needed it.
She said her brother had a passion for motorcycle riding from the time he received his first motorcycle from his dad at age 6.
Suiter served on the board of directors for the Southern Curry County Dirt Riders and liked to hunt and fish.
Suiter is survived by his wife, Tracy; three children, Ashley, Josh, and Katlyn; father, Russ; and sister, Denise Strain.
An account to help the Suiter family has been established at Washington Mutual Bank. A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church.