Officer James Branick, 44, was on his way to work at the Gilroy Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility off Highway 101 in San Martin when the crash happened just before 6 a.m.
The CHP says a Chevy pickup truck was driving northbound on Monterey Road when it turned in front of Branick's Suzuki motorcycle heading southbound. This was right in front of a gas station near San Martin Avenue.
Branick died at the scene.
The driver of the pickup truck was not injured, but was very emotional after the crash.