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Merced County, California — August 19, 2012

Police say a motorcyclist died Sunday after a collision with another vehicle in the Merced area.

According to troopers with the California Highway Patrol, 48-year-old Atwater resident Yolanda Zamora was behind the wheel of a Toyota as it traveled south along California State Route 99. As Ms. Zamora approached Exit 188 (V Street), around 6:55 p.m., a motorcycle struck a the passenger side of her car.

Investigators say the rider, 58-year-old Woodland resident Jack Miller, apparently lost control of his Harley-Davidson. The impact caused the bike to ricochet, plunge down a nearby slope and into a ditch.

Paramedics rushed Mr. Miller to a nearby hospital, but doctors were unable to save him. 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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