Atwater, California – July 17, 2012

Just before 7:30 a.m. Tuesday the driver of a 2008 Buell motorcycle crashed with the driver of a GMC Canyon pickup truck at Buhach Road and Oakdale Road.

California Highway Patrol officials state that Jesus Saucedo, 78, from Winton, stopped at a stop sign at the intersection. He then pulled forward into the intersection, possibly not realizing that there were no stop signs posted for crossing traffic. It was then that Gabriel Houser, 34, from Modesto crashed his motorcycle into the side of the pickup truck.

Though Mr. Houser wore a helmet, he was killed instantly.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration there were 4,778 fatalities as a result of collisions involving motorcycles in the United States in 2006.

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