Motorcyclist killed on Hwy 24 ramp

September 30, 2008 6:39:02 AM PDT
A 35-year-old Oakland man died early this morning after crashing his motorcycle on a connector ramp between westbound Interstate Highway 580 and eastbound state Highway 24 in Oakland, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The solo-vehicle crash was reported on the ramp at about 2:05 a.m., according to CHP Officer Aaron Quistad.

The motorcyclist lost control of his vehicle on a right curve in the roadway and struck a concrete barrier wall, according to the CHP. The victim was ejected from the motorcycle and struck a concrete pillar, causing fatal head trauma.

The victim fell below the transition road and landed in a grassy area between the freeway and a California Department of Transportation yard, according to the CHP.

CHP officers arrived on scene and closed down the ramp for a little more than an hour, according to Quistad, who said the ramp was reopened at about 3:15 a.m.