UPDATE: Authorities ID motorcyclist who died in crash | TheUnion.com

UPDATE: Authorities ID motorcyclist who died in crash

An unnamed motorcyclist died Tuesday afternoon in a McCourtney Road crash.
Alan Riquelmy/ariquelmy@theunion.com

UPDATE at 12:09 p.m. June 26

Nevada County authorities have identified the man killed in a Tuesday afternoon motorcycle wreck as Gabriel Oliver Rey, 66, of Grass Valley.

Rey died around 4:50 p.m. after his motorcycle collided head-on with a van on McCourtney Road, slightly west of the Nevada County Fairgrounds, reports state.

Authorities said they pronounced Rey deceased at the scene. There were no other injuries.

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A motorcyclist died Tuesday afternoon after colliding head-on with a van, ejecting him onto the side of McCourtney Road, the California Highway Patrol said.

The crash happened around 4:50 p.m., slightly west of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The unnamed motorcyclist, traveling east, had his front tire begin to wobble as he negotiated a turn. The driver of a westbound vehicle carrying three people saw the motorcycle and moved to the road’s shoulder. A westbound van’s driver behind that car didn’t have time to move, Officer Mike Steele said.

“The motorcycle struck the van head-on,” Steele added.

The collision ejected the motorcyclist. He landed yards away on the side of the road. Authorities pronounced him deceased upon arrival, the officer said.

No one else was injured, Steele said.

Steele said the crash would slow traffic in the area for one to two hours — the time first-responders needed at the scene.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.

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