A man was killed after crashing his motorcycle and being struck by an oncoming SUV early Friday morning in the city of Crest.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the crash took place at around 6:45 a.m. in the westbound lanes of Dehesa Road near Willow Glen Drive where the rider, traveling eastbound, lost control of his Suzuki motorcycle in a sharp curve with a steep incline and crashed to the ground.

The man spilled out into oncoming lanes and into the path of a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV, whose driver slammed on the brakes and swerved to avoid impact but was unable to do so.

Paramedics were called in to attempt to save the 45 year old rider, but there was little to be done. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity has not yet been released, as local authorities are still working to notify the man’s family. Both the driver of the SUV and the front seat passenger were unhurt.

The crash forced the closure of Dehesa Road in both directions for several hours to allow for cleanup and for investigators to better understand the circumstances that led to the accident. It is being reported that the rider was wearing his helmet at the time of the accident, and that the driver actively tried to avoid him.

“He did everything he could to avoid the collision, but unfortunately was unsuccessful,” said CHP public affairs Officer Brian Pennings. No charges are set to be filed against him.

It remains unclear what caused the rider to initially lose control and fall from his bike. The County Medical Examiner’s office is working to determine if drugs or alcohol were factors, though nothing has been confirmed at this time.

Accidents like these continue to reinforce the added danger of motorcycle crashes. Even small scrapes that would represent nothing more than a ding on the bumper of a passenger car can spell disaster for a motorcycle rider.

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