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Friday, Nov 30 2012 11:32 AM

Motorcyclist killed in collision with big rig


A motorcyclist who struck the side of a big rig Thursday evening died from his injuries a few hours later.

James Pride, 33, struck the big rig on White Lane at Akers Road, according to a coroner's office news release. Pride was wearing a helmet.

Bakersfield police said Darl Spitzer, 56, was the driver of the big rig and had been making a northbound turn onto Akers Road when Pride, driving westbound on White Lane, collided with him at 8:44 p.m. Alcohol or drugs don't appear to be a factor.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Bakersfield Police Department at 327-7111.

To send an anonymous text message to the BPD, enter 274637 and text BPDCRIMES along with the message. Tips can also be anonymously sent through the smartphone TipSubmit mobile app or via email at

- The Californian

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