A motorcyclist was killed when he fell off his bike in the path of a paratransit bus on U.S. Highway 101 in San Rafael on Wednesday evening, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The rider was going north on 101 near the North San Pedro exit at about 5:30 p.m. when his brakes locked and he lost control of the motorcycle, witnesses told the CHP.
The motorcyclist fell in the lane, directly in the path of a Ford F-350 paratransit bus operated by Whistlestop Wheels of San Rafael.
The 62-year-old bus driver tried to brake and swerve to avoid the motorcyclist, but struck him with the right rear of the bus, killing him, the CHP said.
The driver merged to the right and radioed her dispatch to inform them of the collision.
She exited the highway and contacted the CHP as well, but because she did not immediately stop some witnesses reported she had fled the scene, according to the CHP.
Officers contacted her there and the CHP said that intoxication does not appear to be a factor in the collision.
Two passengers aboard the bus were uninjured.
The motorcyclist has not been identified pending notification of his next of kin.