Rider Killed in Motorcycle Big-Rig Collision near Pelandale Avenue

MODESTO, CA (March 31, 2022) – Tuesday morning, Paul O’Hara was fatally struck in a semi-truck accident on State Route 99.

According to reports, the crash happened around 7:30 a.m., on March 29 near Pelandale Avenue.

Investigators say O’Hara was riding his motorcycle in the center northbound lane when he veered into the fast lane and crashed into a car. Upon impact, the rider was ejected into the slow lane where the driver of a big-rig struck him.

Medics pronounced O’Hara dead at the scene, due to the extent of his injuries.  This led to the closure of the Pelandale Avenue on-ramp for about an hour during cleanup and preliminary duties.

At this time, an active investigation to determine further information is still underway.


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