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CHP details fatal crash that killed Parlier High instructor

Mark Bristol was a U.S. Navy junior ROTC instructor at Parlier High School
Mark Bristol was a U.S. Navy junior ROTC instructor at Parlier High School Parlier High School

The California Highway Patrol on Wednesday provided new details on the fatal collision involving Parlier High School instructor Mark Bristol.

Bristol, 54, was a U.S. Navy Junior ROTC instructor at the school.

The collision took place just after 6 a.m. Tuesday as Luis Palma, 34, was driving a silver 2016 Jeep Compass westbound on Manning Avenue preparing to make a left turn onto southbound Maple Avenue. Bristol, riding a 2009 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, was westbound on Manning west of Maple. Palma turned left into the path of Bristol, who was unable to avoid a crash and the motorcycle came to rest near a vineyard.

A passing motorist attempted CPR until emergency workers arrived, but Bristol died at the scene.

Palma was taken to Community Regional Medical Center where he was treated for minor injuries. The CHP said that he was not believed to be impaired and he was not arrested.

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