SAN MATEO (BCN) — California Highway Patrol officials said a motorcyclist died when he lost control of a bike this morning on a San Mateo County highway.
The crash was first reported at 11:29 a.m. on westbound state Highway 84, about three miles west of state Highway 35 in unincorporated San Mateo County near Portola Valley.
A 30-year-old San Francisco man was speeding west on Highway 84 on a 2009 Kawasaki when he failed to negotiate a left turn, CHP officials said.
The man was ejected from the bike, which slid off the road and down a 20-foot embankment into a tree.
The man slid down the same embankment and hit a different tree where he died, according to CHP officials.
Westbound Highway 84 was closed for about 30 minutes, but the light traffic was affected little.
The crash is under investigation and it does appear drugs or alcohol played a part. Any witnesses to the collision are asked to call Officer Spencer Curteman at (650) 369-6261.