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Coroner identifies Modesto man killed when Harley collides head-on with big rig

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A 42-year-old Modesto man was killed in a Merced County crash when his motorcycle ran head-on into a big rig, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The man was on a 2009 Harley-Davidson headed east on Turlock Road halfway between Snelling and Ballico about 2:14 p.m. Sunday, CHP said. He was identified as Luis Sanchez, the Merced County Coroner’s Office said on Wednesday.

For unknown reasons, Sanchez allowed the motorcycle to drift into the westbound lane as a 2012 Volvo Semi driven by 38-year-old Adam Berryhill of Hilmar was traveling west, east of Looney Road, CHP said.

The vehicles collided head-on in the westbound .ane, CHP said. Sanchez was pronounced dead at the scene.

Berryhill was not under the influence at the time of the collision, CHP said.

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