Motorcycle wreck in Turlock kills San Diego man

September 17, 2011 

— A man from San Diego died after his motorcycle struck another vehicle and was thrown off the road Friday night on Highway 99 in Turlock, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The 29-year-old man suffered major cuts to the right side of his chest and was taken by ambulance to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, where he died, the CHP said. Authorities did not release the man's name pending family notification. The crash occurred about 8:10 p.m. in the southbound lanes, just south of West Main Street.

Jezrael Pedroza, 32, of Turlock was driving a 2008 Ford south on the highway in the right lane. The other man was driving a 2009 Honda motorcycle and hit the left rear of Pedroza's vehicle, the CHP said. The impact threw the man from his motorcycle. Pedroza saw the motorcycle sliding on its side on the road, and then he saw the motorcyclist on the ground. Pedroza then called 911.

Investigators had not determined whether alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash.

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