Motorcyclist dead after crash near Buttonwillow

UPDATE: The coroner on Friday, Dec. 8, identified the motorcycle rider as 37-year-old Patrick Michael Persel.


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) -- A 37-year-old motorcyclist is dead after a crash Wednesday morning on State Route 58 at Tracy Avenue near Buttonwillow .

The California Highway Patrol says a man riding a motorcycle was speeding and couldn't stop before slamming into a Peterbilt truck.

The motorcyclist was thrown from the bike and died at the scene from his injuries. The driver of the truck was not injured and remained on scene until officers arrived.

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