Motorcyclist killed in crash with deer on Hwy. 101 near Arroyo Grande

A motorcyclist died Tuesday morning after he collided with a deer on southbound Highway 101, according to CHP Officer Mike Poelking.

The crash happened about 6:35 a.m. on Highway 101 just south of El Campo Road, Poelking said.

At that time, a 54-year-old Orcutt man was driving a 2018 Ford Mustang southbound in the No. 2 lane when he struck a deer that ran onto the road, according to a news release from the CHP.

The force of impact threw the deer into the No. 1 lane, directly into the path of a 2017 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by 49-year-old Johnny Trujillo of Los Osos, the CHP said. Trujillo was thrown from the motorcycle.

Trujillo was then struck by a 2017 Toyota Prius driven by a 67-year-old Arroyo Grande woman.

Trujillo received fatal injuries, the CHP said. Neither the Prius nor the Mustang drivers were injured in the crash.

The crash backed up traffic, but the road reopened just before 10 a.m., according to the CHP.

The collision is under investigation, and the CHP asks anyone with information to call them at 805-594-8700.

This is the second motorcyclist to die in that area this week. The first crash, between a motorcycle and a BMW, happened Sunday evening.

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