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MURRIETA —- A motorcyclist died Tuesday morning after losing control of the motorcycle he was driving on Interstate 215, a California Highway Patrol officer said.
The crash occurred about 7:30 a.m. in the southbound lanes just south of the Murrieta Hot Springs Road exit.
The motorcyclist was traveling about 65 mph on a black Kawasaki CBR 600 in a construction zone on the freeway, Officer Nathan Baer stated in a news release. When traffic slowed to about 35 mph, the motorcyclist breaked hard and lost control of the bike, which overturned.
The rider was thrown from the bike and was hit by the rear axle of a tractor-trailer that was in the next lane, the officer said, adding that the motorcyclist died at the scene. The driver of the big-rig was released after giving a statement, Baer said.
Baer said the motorcycle rider was wearing a helmet and safety clothing at the time of the collision.
The motorcyclist’s name has not yet been released.