MENDOCINO Co., 6/5/18 -- A 69 year old motorcyclist died yesterday, when, for unknown reasons, he drove his motorcycle off Hwy. 101, down the embankment and struck a tree. The name of the deceased has been withheld pending notification of the family. The crash occurred south of Overpass Rd. or about 10 miles north of Willits.
Here is some additional information from a California Highway Patrol press release:
On 06/04/2018, at an unknown time, a 1993 Suzuki motorcycle was being operated by a 69 year old male southbound on US-101, south of Underpass Road in an unincorporated area of Mendocino County. For reasons still under investigation, the Suzuki veered off the west road edge, traveled down the tree and vegetation covered embankment and collided with a tree . The operator of the Suzuki was the only occupant and he was pronounced deceased at the scene of the collision by emergency personnel at 1957 hours.
The name of the operator of the Suzuki is currently being withheld pending notification of the next of kin. At this time it is unknown if drugs or alcohol was a factor in this collision. This collision remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol- Laytonville Resident Post.
The California Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by Little Lake Fire Department, Verihealth Ambulance, and the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office/Coroner.