Motorcyclist dies in Morgan Hill accident

Collision occurred March 16 on U.S. 101

A 30-year-old San Jose man died in a traffic accident in Morgan Hill Saturday, after his motorcycle collided with another vehicle on U.S. 101.

About 5:10pm March 16, the San Jose man was driving a 2011 Yamaha R1 motorcycle northbound on the freeway, just south of the exit for East Dunne Avenue, according to a press release from the California Highway Patrol. A 45-year-old San Jose woman was driving a Chevrolet Silverado 1500, also northbound on U.S. 101, just in front of the motorcycle.

The driver of the Silverado began to slow down for traffic ahead, according to police. The motorcyclist was “driving at a rate of speed in which he was unable to safely stop for traffic ahead,” reads the press release. The front of the Yamaha collided with the rear of the Silverado, causing the driver of the motorcycle to be ejected into the northbound lanes of U.S. 101.

The motorcyclist was transported to San Jose Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead due to injuries suffered in the collision, police said. Authorities have not yet identified the San Jose motorcyclist.

The driver of the Silverado was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to the CHP. The sobriety of the motorcyclist is still under investigation.

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