A beginning motorcycle rider on a just-purchased Yamaha motorbike died last night on Highway 160 in the delta.
Boun Cha Vang, 29, of Sacramento, had just purchased his motorcycle Monday evening and was out on a ride in the country with other cyclists. Vang at some point became separated from the group.
For unknown reasons, Vang's motorcycle left the roadway across the Sacramento River from the town of Clarksburg about 8:40 p.m. Monday and struck a metal guard rail. Vang was ejected from the motorcycle and died on the scene.
He was wearing a full mask helmet while on the motorcycle. However, the California Highway Patrol noted in a press release that that the helmet came off in the crash and may not have been properly worn. The helmet was found unstrapped.
When Vang's fellow riders discovered he was not with the pack, they retraced their route to the crash scene. His fellow riders told officers Vang was a novice rider who had never previously owned a motorcycle.