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Motorcycle wobbled before crashing

Investigators are looking into the circumstances that caused Sunday’s fatal motorcycle crash on Highway 101 in the North County.

CHP officials say Leonard Rodriguez Jr. of the Fresno County town of Kerman lost control of his 1998 Kawasaki “as it started to wobble.”

The crash occurred just after 7 p.m., when Rodriguez veered left from his position in the fast lane near Santa Margarita and his motorcycle slammed into the center guardrail, according to the CHP.

The 32-year-old was taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo with life-threatening injuries and later died.

Rodriguez, who was wearing a helmet, was ejected from the motorcycle and came to rest in the center median.

Investigators are still determining why the motorcycle began to wobble, they said. His speed has not yet been determined.

Authorities won’t know whether alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash until toxicology results come in, which could take up to three weeks. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.

— Tonya Strickland

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