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California motorcycle rider dies in crash

A collision between a pickup and a motorcycle Friday evening in Siskiyou County, Calif., resulted in the death of the motorcyclist, the California Highway Patrol reported Saturday.

According to CHP, Denton Gene Lopez, 22, of Dunsmuir, Calif., was driving a 2008 Kawasaki Ninja ZX10R motorcycle east on Gazelle-Callahan Road three miles west of Gazelle at about 8:15 p.m. when he entered a curve too fast and veered across the double yellow centerline and into the westbound lane.

A 2002 Ford Ranger being driven by Thomas McBride, 20, of Redding, was headed in the opposite direction.

McBride swerved right to avoid the collision, but there was insufficient time and distance available for McBride to do so, police said.

As Lopez crossed the centerline, his motorcycle tipped and both he and the bike slid in the front of McBride's pickup. When McBride stopped, his vehicle was on top of Lopez and the motorcycle.

CHP and emergency medical service personnel were contacted at about 8:18 p.m. Lopez was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a Department of Transportation-certified motorcycle helmet.

A police spokesperson was unable to comment on whether drugs or alcohol were factors in the accident.