A fatal motorcycle accident occurred Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 on State Route 243.

About 12:40 p.m., Thai Yang, a 40-year-old male from Banning, was riding a 2009 Yamaha motorcycle southbound on SR-243. He was about 1 mile north Mountain Center, where 243 intersects Highway 74.

Vincent Brooks, a 26 year old man from Mountain Center, was driving a blue Ford F-150 northbound on Hwy. 243.

While negotiating a sweeping right hand curve in the roadway, Yang, riding his motorcycle, lost control. He crossed the double yellow lines and resulting in a direct collision with the Ford F-150, according to the California Highway Patrol press release.

Yang was ejected from his seat onto the roadway surface and sustained fatal injuries (Coroner case number 2017-012769). He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Alcohol and/or drugs have not been ruled out as contributing factors in the cause of this collision. Yang was wearing a helmet but lacked the proper license to ride a motorcycle.

No other vehicles were involved in the collision, according to CHP. Officer Graham Aanestad is still investigating the incident.

For further information, telephone interviews, and/or questions contact CHP Public Information Officer Darren Meyer at 951-769-2000 ext. 238, or after 5 p.m. at 916-407-7511.

Photos by Jenny Kirchner

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