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Motorcyclist killed after hitting truck on 405 Freeway, CHP says

July 1, 2012 | 11:26 am

Image: Map shows approximate location of where a motorcyclist crashed into a truck on the 405 Freeway Sunday morning. Source: Google Maps
A 39-year-old man died Sunday morning after his motorcycle rear-ended a pickup truck on the 405 Freeway near Los Angeles International Airport, officials said.

The victim, a Palo Alto resident whose name has not been released by authorities, was driving northbound on the freeway near La Cienega Boulevard when he hit the truck at a "high rate of speed" about 6:35 a.m., the California Highway Patrol reported.

Both vehicles spun out of control and the motorcycle driver was thrown off the bike into the center median.

He was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead, CHP said. The driver of the truck, a 59-year-old man from Manhattan Beach, was not hurt.

The crash was still under investigation.

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Image: Map shows approximate location of where a motorcyclist crashed into a truck on the 405 Freeway. Source: Google Maps

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