By Cathy Locke
A motorcyclist was killed this afternoon in Newcastle when he veered into the path of an oncoming van on a rural Placer County roadway.
Officer Dave Montijo of the California Highway Patrol said the man was riding a 1997 Harley Davidson motorcycle eastbound on Indian Hill Road at Newcastle Road at 2:43 p.m. At that point, Montijo said, the road consists of two eastbound lanes heading uphill and one westbound lane coming downhill.
As he approached a slight curve, the motorcyclist strayed into the opposite lane where he collided head on with a 2003 commercial Chevy van driven by a 27-year-old Fair Oaks man.
The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not been released pending notification of family, and Montijo said officers were still trying to confirm where he lived.
The van's driver was not injured, although his vehicle was totaled, Montijo said. The collision also sparked a small grass fire that was quickly extinguished by the Newcastle Fire Department.
Call The Bee's Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.