- 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 (https://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.


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

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