A motorcycle rider was killed early Wednesday on the Fresno State farm fields when he crashed his dirt bike into a stand pipe, police said.
The crash happened sometime before dawn, police said. The rider of the motocross-style cycle, identified as Joel Talbot, 25, was speeding east on one of the access roads that cross the fields north of Bullard Avenue between Cedar and Chestnut avenues. He apparently lost control of the motorcycle, hit the 4-foot-tall, metal irrigation pipe and died at the scene.
Fresno police Lt. Joe Gomez said joggers discovered the body about 6 a.m.
University spokesman Tom Uribes said Talbot was a senior majoring in crop science production management in the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology. Talbot had worked in the Fresno State farm’s orchard enterprise since September. He was a graduate of Ripon High School north of Modesto.
The crash was being investigated by the Fresno police Collision Reconstruction Unit, but the university police department is releasing other information about the crash.
David Huerta, chief of the university department, said Talbot was wearing a helmet and motocross-style boots and other protective equipment.
Huerta said motorcyclists and others sometimes try to use the dirt fields for riding, although that is not allowed and the riders are asked to leave.