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Cyclist killed after colliding into two vehicles on Highway 101

Cyclist killed after colliding into two vehicles on Highway 101

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A Nipomo man was identified as the motorcyclist killed in a three-vehicle fatal collision that occurred on Highway 101 in Santa Barbara early Wednesday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol. 

Jacob David Franks, 29, died as a result of injuries he suffered.

The incident, which involved two other vehicles, occurred at about 7:38 a.m., according to the CHP. 

Officials said Franks was traveling on a 2003 Suzuki motorcycle, between two lanes of northbound Highway 101, just south of Santa Monica Road before colliding into the left side of a 2003 Chevy Blazer. Juan C. Garcia, 43, of Ventura, was identified as the driver of the Chevy, who was traveling in the right lane. 

After crashing into the Chevy, Franks veered into the left lane and collided into the rear of a 2015 Honda Civic, driven by Deateria Dickinson, 54, of Port Hueneme. After the second collision, Franks was ejected off the motorcycle and landed on the right shoulder of the highway. He was pronounced dead on the scene by on-duty medical professionals.

Neither Dickinson nor Garcia sustained injuries. 

Northbound Highway 101 was closed near the scene of the crash for about an hour and a half, and traffic was diverted to the Santa Monica Road off-ramp.

It is unknown at this time whether alcohol or drugs were a factor in the collision. CHP officials said they are still awaiting toxicology reports from the county Coroner's Office.

Check back for more updates on this story as they become available.

Gina Kim covers crime and courts for Santa Maria Times. Follow her on Twitter @gina_k210

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