UPDATE: Man who died after off-road crash on Carrizo Plain identified


The motorcyclist who was killed in an off-road crash in a remote area of eastern San Luis Obispo County on Friday has been identified as Matthew Drake, age 38, of Fresno.

Drake was one of four people riding on a dirt service road located about 1.6 miles west of Soda Lake Road in the Carrizo Plain National Monument, said Officer Bill Irons of the California Highway Patrol's Templeton office.

Drake, riding a 1996 Honda dual sport motorcycle, was leading the group when he failed to brake on time before hitting the edge of a ravine, Irons said.

The riders were reaching speeds of 55 to 70 mph, he added.

No other injuries were reported.

Authorities say Drake was wearing a helmet but it appears he died of neck injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Kern County authorities received the call around 4:50 p.m. from the group of riders, Irons said, and arrived on scene shortly after.

Authorities are investigating if the service road was open to public access.

-Tonya Strickland

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the fatal off-road accident that killed a man in eastern San Luis Obispo County Friday evening, according to the Taft Midway Driller.

Very little information, including the victim’s name and details of the crash, are available.

The CHP’s Templeton office was notified of the crash Monday morning, said Officer Bill Irons, and the investigation is just in the early stages.

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