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CHP continues search for truck in fatality

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POSTED August 10, 2013 2:32 a.m.

The CHP has yet to confirm whether the motorcycle rider, who was killed Tuesday afternoon on Highway 99 was run over by a semi-tractor trailer truck as he crashed near a roadside guardrail on the transition ramp between the freeway and the westbound Highway 120 Bypass.

CHP spokesman James Smith said Thursday afternoon that investigators are continuing their attempt to locate the vehicle that fled the scene.  It was described as an unknown color, pulling a brown shipping container on a dark chassis 48 to 53 feet long.  Following the crash officers checked nearby truck stops to the west of Manteca.

Officer Smith said six-inch-high markings on the side of the truck were described by witnesses as HMGU or HMEU.  Officers added that they were unsure if the driver was aware he had made contact with the motorcycle as he continued on up the ramp that intersects with the Bypass.

The rider of the 2013 Harley Davidson was reportedly a 30-year-old man from the Modesto area.  His name has not been released by the CHP or the Coroner’s Office.

A motorist, who had been driving behind two semi-truck and trailer rigs, said the motorcyclist came upon the first truck ahead of her and passed it on its left side and then cut to the right between the two trucks where he lost control in the gavel on the edge of the roadway as he attempted to pass the container truck.  She said the motorcycle had gone by her as if her vehicle was standing still.

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