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UPDATE: 68-year-old man from Cayucos killed after crashing into KCSO deputy along Hwy. 178

Posted at 2:09 PM, Sep 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-21 14:15:08-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — (UPDATE Sept. 21, 11 A.M.) The California Highway Patrol reported a 64-year-old man from Cayucos was killed on Saturday after crashing his motorcycle into a Kern County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle.

The CHP said the 2001 Harley Davidson was traveling eastbound on Highway 178 while the KCSO vehicle was heading westbound. For unknown reasons, the motorcycle rider lost control, laid the motorcycle on its side and slid into the eastbound lane.

The rider and motorcycle slid directly into the path of the patrol vehicle, according to the CHP. Medical aid was provided to the rider and he was later pronounced deceased at the scene. No one else was injured in the crash.

Highway 178 was closed from Rancheria Road to Old Kern Canyon for approximately nine hours during the investigation.

California Highway Patrol Officers told 23ABC News that a motorcycle driver lost control for unknown reasons and collided head on with a KCSO deputy Saturday.

CHP told 23ABC News that the motorcycle driver died at the scene and there is no word on the condition of the KCSO deputy.

The Canyon was closed along HWY178 in both directions and according to CHP, the crash happened at Upper Richbar Campground.