A man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after hitting a motorcycle, causing a series of events that led to the motorcycle driver’s death, California Highway Patrol officials said.
On Saturday at around 6:15 p.m., officers from the CHP Hanford area responded to a reported traffic collision in the area of westbound State Route 198, east of Avenal-Cutoff Road.
During the investigation, officers determined a 2007 Kawasaki motorcycle was traveling westbound in the left-hand lane on State Route 198 when the driver of a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu, also traveling on the same lane, failed to slow down for the motorcycle.
CHP said the Malibu collided into the rear end of the Kawasaki, causing the rider of the Kawasaki to be ejected and land in the roadway.
Moments later, officers said the driver of a 2006 Toyota Corolla was also traveling westbound on State Route 198 in the left-hand lane and approached the crash. CHP said the driver of the Corolla struck the Kawasaki rider before pulling the car over.
This event caused the rider of the Kawasaki to be pushed to the right-hand lane, when moments later, the driver of a 1998 Saturn approached the scene and swerved in an attempt to avoid the Kawasaki rider but instead lost control, struck the Kawasaki rider, left the roadway and overturned, officers said.
Moments later, officers said the driver of a 2011 Mazda approached the collision scene and saw the rider of the Kawasaki in the lane. The driver of the Mazda attempted to avoid colliding into the Kawasaki rider, but was unsuccessful and struck the Kawasaki rider before pulling over near the center median, officers said.
CHP officials said the rider of the Kawasaki died and the driver of the Saturn sustained moderate injuries.
The driver of the Chevrolet Malibu, identified as 43-year-old David Workman of Madera, was arrested for driving under the influence.