COTATI (BCN/CBS SF) — A motorcyclist died after crashing into a guardrail south of Cotati early Wednesday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The collision occurred on Old Redwood Highway near Highland Avenue, where emergency personnel found the rider suffering from major injuries. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead on the scene.

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The preliminary investigation indicated that the motorcyclist was headed north and lost control while turning on a curve in the roadway, causing them to hit a guardrail and be ejected onto the dirt shoulder.

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Officers have yet to identify the person or conclude whether impairment was a factor in the collision. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to contact the CHP’s Santa Rosa-area office at (707) 588-1400.

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