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Motorcyclist dies after fleeing traffic stop

Google Earth image shows where CHP officers discovered a motorcycle had collided with a 1996 Honda.
Google Earth image shows where CHP officers discovered a motorcycle had collided with a 1996 Honda.

A motorcycle rider died early Sunday after fleeing from a traffic stop in North Highlands, the California Highway Patrol reported.

At 2:20 a.m., two CHP officers attempted to pull over a 2000 Yamaha motorcycle on Watt Avenue, Officer Jenna Berry wrote in a news release.

The rider steered onto the shoulder near the intersection of Watt Avenue and Roseville Road with the CHP unit following close behind. As the CHP vehicle slowed to a stop, the motorcycle sped away, turning east on Madison Avenue, the news release said.

The CHP officers pursued the motorcycle but lost sight of it around a bend in the road. A little more than a mile later, at the intersection of Madison Avenue and Hillsdale Boulevard, the CHP officers discovered the motorcycle had collided with a 1996 Honda, Berry wrote.

The rider, who was wearing a helmet, was thrown from the motorcycle. He was transported to the hospital, where he died, the CHP said. The driver and passenger of the Honda sustained minor injuries.

Ellen Garrison: 916-321-1920, @EllenGarrison

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