A driver performing an illegal u-turn is likely the cause of a motorcyclists death late Sunday afternoon. California Highway Patrol Officer Greg Tassone, says Victoria Smith, a 58 year old woman from Gardnerville Nevada, was driving a small motorhome north bound on highway 49 and realized she was heading the wrong direction and pulled over to the side of the road before turning around.
The solo male rider,35 year old Mathew Duensing of Citrus Heights, on a 1999 Harley Davidson motorcycle, was leading the oncoming traffic and attempted to avoid the vehicle that was midway through the u-turn.
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An off duty firefighter was close by and responded to the collision attempting to provide emergency life saving measures to Duensing but was unable to sustain the rider and Duensing succumbed to his injuries at the scene. The incident is still under investigation. Alcohol or drugs do not appear to be a factor. Vehicular manslaughter could be charged pending the results of the investigation.