Motorcyclist killed after hitting dead pig on California road

by Bamidele Ogunberu Posted on March 9th, 2019

Littlerock, California: California Highway Patrol said Friday that a motorcycle rider has died after he hit a dead pig on a Southern California road and was thrown from his bike.

Bradley St. John, 57, was riding east on East Avenue T, just west of 94th Street East, about 8 p.m. when he struck the animal, Officer Ken Wheeler said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

“There was a large pig on the eastbound lane, directly in the path of Mr. St. John, and he was unable to avoid the animal,” Wheeler said. “He struck the pig and was ejected onto the roadway.”

A man in a Toyota van driving behind St. John tried to swerve after the motorcycle struck the animal, but he also ran into the pig and then struck St. John. The driver and a passenger in the car were not injured, Wheeler said.

Officers don’t believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.

It’s unclear whether the pig was dead before St. John hit it, and officials don’t know where the pig came from. The crash happened in an unincorporated area of Littlerock where some residents own livestock, Wheeler said.

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