2 motorcycle riders killed in DUI crash in Madera Co

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Two people from Awhanee are dead after a suspected drunk driver hit them in the North Valley.

The California Highway Patrol says 41-year-old Gary Ragsdale and his female passenger only received minor injuries in the crash. But two motorcyclists were killed when they hit Ragsdale truck near Avenue 21 and Road 31.

Investigators say there was nothing the motorcycles could have done to avoid the crash. The pickup truck made a left turn right in front of the motorcycle into a private parking lot. Unfortunately because of the proximity the motorcycle was unable to stop and hit the pickup broadside.

Ragsdale was arrested on scene. He's now facing charges for vehicular manslaughter and DUI charges.

The identities of the victims are not being released at this time.

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