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Wild motorcycle rider killed in hit and run

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Wild motorcycle rider killed in hit and run

A crumpled 2013 Harley Davidson motorcycle lays in the middle of the northbound Highway 99 transition ramp to the Highway 120 Bypass. The rider was killed in a hit-and-run collision with a semi.

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin/

POSTED August 6, 2013 4:51 p.m.

A motorcycle rider in his 20s was killed in a hit-and-run crash with a semi-container truck at about 2:15 Tuesday afternoon.

The crash occurred after the rider, whose name wasn’t released, lost control of his 2013 Harley Davidson on the northbound transition ramp from Highway 99 to the westbound Highway 120 Bypass, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Motorists driving on 99 said the rider passed them at a speed in excess of 90 mph and was driving erratically.  The CHP confirmed that the rider attempted to pass the container truck on the right, halfway through the transition ramp, losing control in the gravel next to a metal roadside barrier.

The semi truck did not stop. CHP and law enforcement officials are searching for the semi, focusing on truck stops and rest stops in the Tracy area.

The motorcycle rider, who was wearing a Department of Transportation (DOT) helmet, was thrown to the pavement within 60 feet of the initial skid marks and his motorcycle slid for another 100 feet.  He was dead upon the arrival of medics, according to reports.

Trucks and motorists were locked into the transition ramp with the crash scene ahead of them and the backed up Highway 99 motorists behind them. Northbound traffic backed up to Jack Tone Road in Ripon, according to the CHP.

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