Motorcyclist crash into canal called suicide by authorities

A motorcyclist plunged to his death in a canal northwest of Fresno on Monday morning, and authorities are calling it a suicide.

The crash occurred about 6:46 a.m. near Barstow and Biola avenues. Adam Esmay, a Fresno County sheriff’s sergeant at the scene, said authorities had received a call Sunday night of a “suicidal subject” who matches the description of the motorcyclist.

Esmay said an investigation of the crash was in its early stages. Later Monday morning, sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti said the victim had made suicidal statements.