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Coroner identifies motorcyclist killed on I-80

The Sacramento County Coroner’s office has released the name of a motorcyclist who died last week when he crashed into the rear of a big rig on Interstate 80 near Northgate Boulevard in Sacramento’s Natomas area.

He was identified as Brandon Gunnels, 25, of Sacramento.

California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Chad Hertzell said the crash occurred at 3:25 p.m. Thursday on a section of eastbound I-80 where, due to construction, through traffic is diverted to inside lanes that are separated from outer lanes by a concrete barrier. Hertzell said a Gunnels was lane splitting on his motorcycle, traveling 50 to 60 mph in the Nos. 1 and 2 lanes on the outer portion of the freeway, when traffic began to slow. Hertzell said the motorcyclist clipped a pickup truck, then lost control and struck the back of a big rig.

Gunnels was pronounced dead at the scene, Hertzell said.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.