A Manteca motorcyclist is dead and police are searching for the driver of an extended cab pickup truck who fled the fatal collision that occurred about 7 p.m.
Manteca Police spokesman Jason Hensley said the truck, believed to be about a 2000 Dodge, blue in color, was driving northbound on El Portal Avenue and drove into the path of the crotch rocket-style motorcycle that was eastbound on West Yosemite Avenue.
Hensley said the rider was not able to brake in time to avoid colliding with the truck in front of him.
The officer said the rider was thrown from his vehicle at the point of impact and landed on the roadway as the pickup driver pulled to the curb on the north side of the street.
He quoted witnesses as saying the driver of the blue Dodge accelerated and was last seen driving westbound down Yosemite Avenue. The officer added that the suspect vehicle should have damage to the left rear quarter panel adding that the left rear tire should be blown out as well.
The rider was transported to Kaiser Hospital in Manteca where he was declared dead on arrival. Numerous police chaplains were called out late Thursday night to provide counseling as family members of the deceased man were notified, police said.
The Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) made up of detectives and traffic officers was called to the scene to investigate the cause as traffic was completely shut down on Yosemite Avenue east of Union Road.
The truck reportedly had a low profile rack mounted above the bed. The rack did not go above the height of the cab, officers said.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the truck or the driver is urged to call the Manteca Police Department at 456-8101. Callers may also call Crime Stoppers to remain anonymous and to claim a reward of up to $1,000 at 823-4636.