A motorcyclist from Hungary was killed Monday when he lost control of his Harley-Davidson motorcycle in Lemon Cove and crashed into a ravine, the California Highway Patrol reported.
The 69-year-old rider, from the town of Kecskemet, was not immediately identified. The CHP said he was eastbound on Highway 198 approaching a Kaweah Lake boat ramp at a speed of about 35 m.p.h. when he drifted out of his lane. He rolled onto the right shoulder and the motorcycle struck a curb. The motorcycle ran down an embankment, hit a boulder and threw the rider over the handlebars. Both machine and rider ended up among rocks and boulders and the rider died at the scene, although a good Samaritan and emergency personnel tried to keep him alive.
The investigation continues, but the CHP said neither drugs nor alcohol appear to have played a role in the crash.