A Turlock man died on scene when his motorcycle left the roadway in a single-vehicle collision on Wednesday, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Around 5:51 p.m. a CHP officer driving eastbound on Highway 4 near Horseshoe Road in Copperopolis witnessed a man traveling the opposite direction on a motorcycle at a high rate of speed. The officer made a U-turn in an attempt to make a traffic stop.
According to a press release issued by the CHP, the officer lost sight of the man, but then witnessed a cloud of dust when coming around a bend in the roadway. The man, riding a 2021 Yamaha motorcycle, had left the highway, resulting in a single-vehicle collision.
The man, Gary Steven Ribeira Jr., 47, died at the scene as a result of his injuries. The CHP reported that drugs and alcohol do not appear to have been a factor, and the agency is asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact the San Andreas CHP at (209) 754-3541.
This article was updated on Feb. 11, at 10:50 a.m. to include the previously unidentified man's name and age.