A motorcyclist killed Tuesday in a crash on U.S. Highway 101 in Palo Alto appears to have been splitting lanes at a high rate of speed when the crash occurred, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The San Mateo County coroner's office identified the victim as Ronald Barbaran Garcia, 27, of Union City.
The CHP responded at 5:46 p.m. to a call of a motorcyclist down on the highway just north of Embarcadero Road.
According to California Highway Patrol Officer Art Montiel, Garcia was on a 2014 Yamaha motorcycle speeding south on the freeway during heavy traffic and was splitting between the two far left lanes.
He struck the rear of a 2015 Ford when traffic came to a stop and was ejected from his motorcycle, according to Montiel.
The driver of the Ford, a 36-year-old Milpitas woman, was not injured. She stayed at the scene to cooperate with the officers, police said. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency responders.
The CHP said the victim's death was reported to dispatchers just before 6 p.m.
The collision remains under investigation, but it does not appear alcohol or drugs played a factor in the crash, according to the CHP.
Tuesday evening's traffic was "terrible" and prevented first responders from reaching the scene sooner, Menlo Park Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman said.
Last week, the district's board of directors adopted new standards establishing a goal of having the first firefighters on the scene of an incident within seven minutes of being reported to dispatch.
Firefighters were not able to meet that new standard when they responded to Tuesday's fatal crash, Schapelhouman said.
Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call CHP Officer Bobby Grewal at 650-369-6261.