- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

ATWATER, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a motorcyclist in Central California died less than a minute into a police chase after he hit an off-duty bus.

California Highway Patrol Sgt. Gerardo Serrato tells the Merced Sun-Star (http://bit.ly/1mjmIiM) an Atwater police officer spotted the man doing wheelies on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle on Monday night.

Serrato says the officer tried to make a traffic stop, but the motorcyclist sped off, driving into an intersection and striking the Merced Transit Authority bus as it was making a left turn. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.

He has not been identified.

The bus driver was alone on the bus and wasn’t hurt in the crash.

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Information from: Merced Sun-Star, http://www.mercedsun-star.com

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