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Oklahoma man dies after crashing motorcycle into tree near Big Lagoon

The victim in Saturday’s fatal accident on Highway 101 near Big Lagoon has been identified as 49-year-old Creg Newman of Stillwell, Oklahoma.

Officers with the California Highway Patrol said Newman was driving his 2006 Harley-Davidson motorcycle northbound near Kane Road just after 6 p.m. when he failed to negotiate a turn and struck a tree. Newman was pronounced dead at the scene.

It’s unknown what caused Newman to swerve, but officers said he was wearing a helmet. CHP is investigating if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the collision.