A man riding a motorcycle was killed in a collision with a Dodge Durango on a highway west of Palmdale, authorities said Friday.
The crash was reported about 7:15 p.m. Thursday on state Route 138 near 245th Street West, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Investigators determined the driver of the Durango, identified as Abigail Lua, 23, of Palmdale, was traveling eastbound on Route 138 when she veered over the double yellow lines and collided with the motorcyclist, who was driving westbound, the statement said.
The motorcycle rider, Arthur Appleby, 55, of Lancaster, was ejected over a concrete bridge wall and collided with a metal/barbed wire fence on the northeast dirt shoulder near the California Aqueduct, the CHP said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
After the collision, Lua veered to the left, then back to the right where she drove off the south shoulder and landed down an embankment just east of the Aqueduct. She was taken to a hospital with major injuries, the CHP said.
A preliminary investigation found that drugs or alcohol did not appear to be factors in the collision.
The cause of the crash was under investigation.
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