A 52-year-old motorcyclist from Coalinga was killed Wednesday night after he broadsided a small truck that turned into his path on Jensen Avenue west of Fresno, authorities said.
Fresno police Sgt. Mike Trenholm said the rider was driving a black 2010 Harley Davidson motorcycle east on Jensen just west of the Fresno-Clovis regional wastewater treatment plant at an undetermined speed around 9 p.m. when he was struck by a 2001 Ford Ranger.
The California Highway Patrol took over the investigation. The CHP reported that 21-year-old Ford driver Herculano Garcia of Fresno was headed west on Jensen and didn’t see the motorcyclist as he was turning into a friend’s residence on the south side of the road. The motorcycle hit the rear end of the truck, flipping the rider onto the pavement.
The CHP said neither alcohol nor drugs appear to be a factor in the collision. No arrests were made and the cause of the crash remains under investigation.
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Authorities said they have identified the victim, but will wait to release his identify until family members are notified.