Mariposa & Yosemite

Mariposa motorcyclist killed in crash near Coarsegold

A solo motorcyclist was killed in a crash west of Coarsegold one day before his 20th birthday.

The Madera County Coroner’s Office identified the man as Ben McQueen of Mariposa.

The California Highway Patrol said McQueen was driving west on Road 415 about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, just east of Bean Gulch Ranch Road. Officers said he failed to follow a left-hand curve and went down a rocky bank. He was thrown from the motorcycle and struck several rocks.

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