CHP

The California Highway Patrol has released the name of a Modesto man who died Saturday while riding his 1999 Harley-Davidson after stopping to assist another motorcyclist off of Highway 120 in Tuolumne County.

Phillip Allen Luckert, 68, was the motorcyclist who died in a collision with a 2012 Kenworth big rig that closed one of the eastbound lanes of Highway 120 for about two hours on Saturday, CHP Officer Steve Machado confirmed on Wednesday.

Luckert pulled off the north shoulder of the highway west of Green Springs Road about 11:50 a.m. Saturday to help another who was having trouble with his motorcycle, the CHP reported.

After the other rider got his motorcycle started and drove off, CHP reported that Luckert traveled into an eastbound lane directly in front of the big rig that was towing a bulldozer on a flatbed trailer.

The front of the big rig, driven by Erik Roen, of Knight Ferry, then crashed into Luckert on his motorcycle, the CHP reported.

Both vehicles came to a rest on the south shoulder of the highway where life-saving measures were performed on Luckert, but he died at the scene from his injuries.

It was determined that Luckert was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision, and alcohol or drugs were not suspected to be a factor.

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