Fatal crash on Granite Road, north of Bakersfield

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Update: Friday, July 20

Officials identified the man killed riding his motorcycle on Granite Road Thursday. 

Leland Ernest Smith, 64, of Bakersfield, was traveling northbound on Granite Road when he lost control of his 2015 Harley Davidson at a curve, officials reported. 

He suffered major injuries and was pronounced dead on scene, according to California Highway Patrol. 

Smith was not wearing a Department of Transportation-approved helmet at the time of the crash, according to CHP. 

For a list of helmet regulations, click here. 

At this time alcohol or drugs do not appear to have been a factor with this collision, CHP said. 

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