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HANFORD — A Hanford man is dead after being hit by a car after initially crashing his motorcycle.

On Friday just before 10 p.m., officers from the CHP Hanford area said they responded to the State Route 198 westbound off-ramp to State Route 43 for a report of a traffic collision with two people lying in the roadway.

During the course of the investigation, officers determined a 2016 Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling westbound on State Route 198 and took the exit toward State Route 43. The motorcycle was being driven by a 58-year-old Hanford man with a 55-year-old female passenger, also from Hanford.

For reasons unknown at this time, the driver lost control of the motorcycle and CHP officials said both the driver and passenger were ejected from the motorcycle.

Moments after the initial collision, officials said a 2008 Honda was driving westbound on State Route 198 to State Route 43 and the car struck the male driver of the motorcycle, who was lying in the roadway.

The man died at the scene, and officers said the female passenger of the motorcycle complained of pain to her head and chest and was transported to Adventist Medical Center in Hanford.

The cause of this collision remains under investigation, but CHP officials said it appears alcohol may have been a contributing factor in the collision.

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