Driver Arrested after Dragging Motorcyclist near Sedgemoore Drive

SANTA ROSA, CA (October 3, 2022) Charles Bernhardy was arrested and Vance Stammer was killed in a hit-and-run crash.

Police received dispatch calls around 8:54 p.m., at the intersection of Fountaingrove Parkway and Sedgemoore Drive.

As per reports, Bernhardy was driving a pickup-truck when he rear-ended a motorcyclist. Upon impact, Bernhardy kept driving westbound on Fountaingrove while dragging the motorcyclist.

Bernhardy continued until he collided with a Honda Accord whose driver was turning right onto Sedgemoore Drive. The Honda received minor damage.

Responding officers discovered the rider, 23-year-old Stammer of Santa Rosa, in critical condition and transported him to a hospital for treatment. Stammer was on life support until he was taken off and pronounced dead.

Police believe the hit-and-run driver stopped at Mendocino Avenue and fled on foot. Charles Bernhardy was later arrested at his home on suspicion of hit-and-run and driving under the influence.

The team at Sweet James offers their warm and sincerest sympathies to the friends and family of Vance Stammer. May the memories of your loved one give you strength in the difficult days ahead.

The death of a family member is always a traumatic experience for the surviving family members. At Sweet James, they understand that no amount of money can make up for the tragic loss of a loved one. However, it is important that the family understands and protects their rights. Their wrongful death attorneys understand that legal issues impose challenges on those involved. They are here to help you through the legal process so that you can focus on the concerns and needs of your family. Call their office today to find out how they can help you at (800) 975-3435. Click here to request a police report.

For more accident news, click here.

Advertising disclosure: We may receive compensation for some of the links in our stories. Thank you for supporting LA Weekly and our advertisers.