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CHP: Motorcyclist speeding before fatal I-80 crash in Placer County

A motorcyclist died Monday on Interstate 80 near Baxter after his vehicle was recorded traveling up to 110 mph, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The crash was reported at 12:23 p.m. CHP spokesman Officer Chris Nave said the motorcyclist was eastbound on I-80, approaching the Crystal Springs overcrossing. A CHP officer was on the overcrossing using LiDAR, a laser device used in traffic enforcement that can pinpoint a vehicle and measure its speed.

Nave said the motorcycle was recorded traveling 93 mph as it approached the overcrossing and up to 110 miles as it continued on I-80 east of the overcrossing.

As the motorcycle rounded a curve at Baxter, Nave said, the motorcyclist traveled onto the right shoulder in an attempt to pass a vehicle. The motorcycle clipped the vehicle, a Chevy Avalanche. The motorcyclist was ejected from the vehicle, over an embankment. The rider died of his injuries.

Nave said the CHP was not pursuing the motorcycle.

The motorcyclist has not been identified, pending notification of family.

Nave said occupants of the Avalanche were not injured.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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