April 11, 2018

Lakeport motorcycle crash victim was Hells Angels indictment suspect

A man killed Sunday in a Lakeport motorcycle crash was awaiting trial as part of a sweeping racketeering and conspiracy case against several Sonoma County Hells Angels motorcycle gang members, according to authorities.

Jason Randall Cliff, 50, died Saturday night when his bike moved into the path of a pickup on a Lake County highway near Lakeport. Three witnesses told CHP officers the rider had been distracted and looked away from the roadway just before the crash, said CHP Officer Kory Reynolds.

Cliff’s 2008 Buell collided with a 2007 Dodge truck at 55-60 mph without braking, Reynolds said.
Two people were not injured. A Lake County Coroner’s Office investigation showed Cliff was on federal supervision pending an indictment.

In November, he was one of eight Sonoma County Hells Angels club members indicted following a three-year investigation into murder, robbery, extortion, witness tampering and other charges. Three other gang members also were included in the indictment.

Cliff was suspected of maiming and assault with a deadly weapon, both in aid of racketeering. The charges carried 20‑ and 30‑year prison sentences if convicted.

Six of the local gang members were arrested at the Wagon Wheel Saloon in Santa Rosa during a multiagency suspect roundup. The case has yet to come to trial.


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