Atascadero motorcyclist killed in crash on Hwy. 46 in Paso Robles

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An motorcyclist was killed on Friday afternoon in a collision with an SUV on Highway 46 West in Paso Robles.

A 68-year-old Atascadero man sustained fatal injuries about 1:51 p.m. while riding his Kawasaki motorcycle on Highway 46 near Hunter Ranch Golf Course, according to a Paso Robles Police Department news release.

A motorist driving a Toyota SUV pulled out of the golf course and crossed Highway 46 into the westbound lanes.

The motorcyclist, also traveling west, was unable to avoid a collision and struck the rear of the SUV. He was thrown from his motorcycle onto the highway and was later pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Toyota was not injured. The motorcyclist has not yet been identified pending next-of-kin notification.

It does not appear alcohol or drugs were a factor in the collision, according to the news release. The incident remains under investigation.

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Lindsey Holden writes about housing, North County communities and everything in between for The Tribune in San Luis Obispo. She became a staff writer in 2016 after working for the Rockford Register Star in Illinois. Lindsey is a native Californian raised in the Midwest and earned degrees from DePaul and Northwestern universities.