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21-year-old killed outside Visalia after motorcycle crashes into pickup, CHP says

One man was killed Thursday morning east of Visalia after he crashed his motorcycle into a pickup truck.

The crash happened at the intersection of Avenue 309 and Highway 216 near Cutler Park. California Highway Patrol officer Ed Flynn said a woman driving a pickup was making a left turn onto eastbound Highway 216 when the westbound motorcycle driver hit her.

The woman, identified as Mary Taylor, allegedly violated the motorcycle’s right of way during her left turn. The CHP reported the motorcycle driver, a 21-year-old man, tried to avoid the pickup before he crashed.

The man was was ejected and suffered major injuries.

Flynn said the man was speaking with emergency responders at the scene before he was transported to Kaweah Delta Medical Center, but he died on his way to the hospital.

He was not named pending family notification. Both he and Taylor are from Visalia, according to the CHP.

The crash happened around 7:15 a.m. According to the CHP, the man was wearing a helmet but was unlicensed and did not have a motorcycle endorsement.

Taylor was not injured.

Cresencio Rodriguez-Delgado is a journalist at The Fresno Bee. He covers the people and places experiencing economic and social inequity for The California Divide media collaboration. He grew up in the southern San Joaquin Valley and has a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from Fresno State.
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