CHP

A 24-year-old motorcyclist died Sunday afternoon after he crashed head-on with a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro, which crossed over the double-yellow lines into his path.

The deceased man, of Valley Springs, had not been identified by the California Highway Patrol as of Monday afternoon pending a next of kin notification. 

According to CHP, a 17-year-old unnamed juvenile was driving the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro eastbound on Double Springs Road and west of Highway 26 in Valley Springs when he entered a right-hand curve in the road. At the same time, the motorcyclist was riding westbound on Double Springs Road and west of Highway 26 on a 2012 Kawasaki ZX-6R into the same curve.

The CHP said the Camaro's speed caused it to cross over the solid double yellow lines into the path of the Kawasaki.

The motorcyclist was ejected off of the bike and pronounced dead at the scene, while the juvenile was transported to Mark Twain Medical Center in San Andreas for treatment of minor injuries. 

The accident occurred around 4:05 p.m. with sunny and clear conditions.

The CHP said drugs or alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the collision.

A Facebook post by the Calaveras Consolidated Fire Department on Monday mourned the loss of local fish and game warden Michael DeMasters, whom it said died the previous night in an accident in Valley Springs.

"A friend to all of our firefighters, we send our sympathies and condolences to Michael’s family," the post said.

Contact Giuseppe Ricapito at gricapito@uniondemocrat.net or (209) 588-4526.

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