Motorcyclist ejected in car accident has died

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Update: The Bakersfield Police Department has confirmed the man ejected from his motorcycle in the accident on Union Avenue yesterday has died.

The identity and exact cause of death has not be released by the coroners office. 

We have taken down the surveillance video of the accident from our website and all of our social media pages. 

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A dramatic crash ejected a motorcyclist nearly 40 feet through the air on 17th and Union Avenue around 10:30 Thursday morning.

In the surveillance video, a Dodge Avenger makes a U-turn right in front of a motorcyclist.

The biker hits the back of the car, then appears to fall on his neck. He eventually somersaults to a stop, nearly hitting a bystander.

When police arrived, the motorcyclist was down in the roadway in front of Tire and Wheel Mart at 1661 Union Ave. 

Paramedics rushed him to the hospital with moderate to major injuries, according to BPD. From the video, he appears to be wearing a helmet, though that has yet to be confirmed.

His bike was left torn in half. The Dodge was just left with a dent on the trunk.

BPD also says no drugs or alcohol were involved.

“It appears from the evidence that we have that the sedan had made a right of way violation in front of the motorcyclist,” said BPD Sergeant Jeff Saso.

BPD says no tickets have been issued yet as they are still investigating.

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