Singer Norman Greenbaum of 'Spirit in the Sky' hurt in California crash

March 30, 2015 09:57

Norman Greenbaum, a singer-songwriter best known for the hit song "Spirit in the Sky," was critically injured in a car crash north of San Francisco that killed a motorcyclist, California police said on Sunday.

The Jewish artist, 72, was transported to a Santa Rosa area hospital with critical injuries on Saturday after the car he was riding in made a left turn without seeing an oncoming motorcycle and the vehicles collided, California Highway Patrol said.

The motorcyclist was "evidently unable to slow or stop in time to avoid a collision," CHP said. The driver of the motorcycle, a 20-year old Santa Rosa resident, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 20-year-old passenger on the motorcycle suffered critical injuries and was transported to hospital and was being treated in an intensive care unit.

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