Motorcyclist killed in Highway 99 crash identified as 58-year-old Woodland man

Woodland man ran into car, CHP says

08/20/2012 11:34 AM

08/21/2012 7:26 AM

A motorcyclist killed during the weekend after a collision with a car on southbound Highway 99 has been identified as a 58-year-old Woodland man, the Merced County coroner's office reported Monday.

The crash was reported at 6:08 p.m. Saturday near V Street. The victim, Jack Miller, was riding a 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle at an undetermined speed on southbound Highway 99 in the left lane.

Yolanda Zamora, 48, of Atwater was driving a 2002 Toyota about 50 mph in the right lane of the freeway, just ahead of Miller, according to the California Highway Patrol.

As Miller was passing the Toyota, he allowed the motorcycle to travel to the right and into Zamora's lane. The motorcycle struck the left side of the Toyota, causing Miller to lose control of the motorcycle, according to the CHP.

Miller veered to the right, traveling off the roadway and down an embankment, the CHP reported. He was ejected from the motorcycle, which overturned into a canal.

Passing motorists pulled Miller from the canal, but he was unresponsive.

Zamora immediately pulled over to the highway's right shoulder after the crash.

Riggs Ambulance paramedics took Miller to Mercy Medical Center Merced, where he was pronounced dead just before 8 p.m. Saturday.

It's unknown if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash, the CHP reported.

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