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UPDATED: CHP Releases Details on Fatal Motorcycle Crash

The crash involving a pickup truck and a motorcycle was reported on Highway 1 just south of Devil's Slide just before 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

UPDATE 8:25 a.m.:

 The San Mateo County coroner's office has released the name of a man killed in a motorcycle crash on state Highway 1 near Devil's Slide Tuesday afternoon.

Nicolas Eric Narag, a 31-year-old from Los Angeles, has been identified as the man killed while on his motorcycle, according to the coroner's office.

The crash involving a 1998 Yamaha motorcycle and a 2001 Toyota pickup truck was reported on Highway 1 just south of Devil's Slide near Pacifica at 2:52 p.m., according to the CHP.

Narag was killed in the accident after apparently speeding north on the highway. He was apparently unable to negotiate a turn and crashed into the roadway as his motorcycle tipped, the CHP said.

After hitting the road, he and the motorcycle slid and collided into the front of the Toyota, driven by a 43-year-old Vacaville man. The motorcycle came to a rest on the right shoulder of southbound Highway 1, while the man continued sliding before stopping on the shoulder, north of the bike.

He was killed in the crash, the CHP said.       

The Toyota driver, who had been driving south, also stopped on the shoulder. He was not injured in the crash, according to the CHP.

After the crash, on Tuesday CHP Officer Kevin Bartlett said northbound traffic was shut down at Montara State Beach, and southbound traffic was stopped at Linda Mar Boulevard in Pacifica. The road reopened around 5 p.m.

--Bay City News

CQ December 28, 2011 at 05:50 PM
Some of the TV news stations today reported that the motorcycle driver was doing over 100 MPH N/B on Highway 1 before the crash! He was spotted north of HMB by CHP but they couldn't safely pursue him.
George Muteff December 28, 2011 at 10:41 PM
So tragically unnecessary. I was home when I heard his carbs open wide. He was on the south end of town heading north on highway1. There were at least 2 CHP's in pursuit at that time. How he made it through town and all the way to the Slide is beyond me; the roads were busy. The question I continue to ask is... Why? Was it just for the rush? Maybe it was something really important, like an outstanding parking ticket or no license. Whatever the reason, he's gone and his family will now have to live with it; as will the person he hit and all the respondents. Life is too short as it is. So senseless.
Kristine Wong December 29, 2011 at 12:44 AM
Thanks for adding more information on this incident, George. It's unfortunate that it had to end this way.
Jim December 29, 2011 at 07:04 AM
Believe it or not, 100 mph on a motorcycle feels a lot different than in a car. Yes, "100 mph" sounds fast but unlike in a car, on a motorcycle it feels solid. Most motorcyclist find 100 mph comfortable and can ride for hours at that speed in and out of traffic without putting any other vehicles at risk. Eric was a nice guy. He was visiting his little daughter for the holidays from LA. Tragic indeed.
Brian Ginna December 29, 2011 at 04:03 PM
Seriously, Jim. The speed limit is 50. It is a two lane road with only a few places to pass safely. I can understand 70, or maybe 80. 100 is just selfish.
Conrad Peterson December 29, 2011 at 05:17 PM
Someone is seriously arguing that 100 mph on a motorcycle is OK because it "feels solid" and it's "comfortable"? Give me a freakin' break. Near Devil's Slide, that's just insane. Obviously, it was not "solid" and it put other vehicles at risk.
Thomas H. Clifford December 29, 2011 at 06:17 PM
Jim, 100 mph Is not safe no matter how solid it feels. Traveling at that speed on public roads puts everyone at risk. I am sorry that Eric died I am sure his family and friends will miss him greatly.
Inez Gobert December 30, 2011 at 03:25 AM
I knew him not personally but he was a customer in the store I work for. I am so sadden by this horrible news. He was such an attractive man and is smile was so beautiful. He had the deepest dimples and when he smiled my heart would melt. R.I.P Eric you will be truly missed. I wish I would have said more than hello to you. ={
Todd Bray December 31, 2011 at 01:28 AM
Jimmy, 100 mph on a motorcycle on public roads is not a solid feeling. Like crack, meth or booze you might think it is solid but 100 mph, on anything, is not a solid feeling. The adrenaline is solid for sure, having commuted to San Jose on my old Ninja 900 at 120 mph plus at 6AM on 280 it was freaking AWESOME. Things are different today. Any accident on a moto is sad. When driven sensibly they are a great form of transport. There are track days at local speedways if you need to get your YA-Ya's on. It cost money but it provides a space for crazy monkey time. I hope it was quick for Nick. Peace to those he left behind, and for the poor driver of the PU truck. It must have been a great shock.

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