A motorcyclist from Ceres died on Highway 120 west of Jamestown on Wednesday evening after attempting to pass several vehicles, the California Highway Patrol reported.
Joshua Cody Boykin, 45, was riding a Yamaha west near O’Byrnes Ferry Road at about 6:25 p.m., when he moved into eastbound lanes to pass slower-moving vehicles, according to a CHP press release.
He had passed at least one vehicle and was in the process of passing a Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Jeffery Smith, 25, of Turlock, when Smith moved into the eastbound lane, also to pass slower traffic, the release said.
The Tahoe hit the Yamaha, which traveled across the eastbound lane and onto the shoulder, then up an embankment, where it became airborne, according to the CHP.
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Boykin was ejected and landed in the dirt and grass shoulder. He was wearing a full-face helmet but died at the scene.
Smith and his passenger, 24-year-old Turlock resident Anycze Munson, were wearing seatbelts and were not injured.
Alcohol and/or drugs are not suspected to have been factors in the collision.