Update: The Santa Clara County Coroner's Office has identified the motorcyclist killed in the crash as 33-year-old Mila Acevedo of San Jose.
A motorcyclist died in a crash late Wednesday afternoon in mountainous terrain along Skyline Boulevard in Palo Alto, police said Thursday.
The crash took place shortly before 4 p.m. A 2018 Ducati Panigale V4 R motorcycle heading south on Skyline, about a mile south of Skyline and Page Mill Road, rounded a corner, went off the road, crashed into a tree and landed in a ravine, police said in a press release on Thursday. The driver was thrown from the motorcycle and pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.
A driver behind the motorcyclist saw a cloud of dust after rounding the corner on the roadway, also known as State Route 35, and discovered the crash. A Midpeninsula Regional Open Space park ranger who was also driving by stopped to assist and called emergency personnel, police said.
Preliminary reports from the California Highway Patrol had incorrectly stated that the woman who died was on a bicycle rather than a motorcycle. Palo Alto police, who were notified of the incident at about 5:45 p.m., have since clarified that she was on a motorcycle.
Investigators haven't determined the motorcyclist's speed or if drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash. Police don't believe any other vehicles were involved. The investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.
Park rangers, Palo Alto police and firefighters, Santa Clara County fire, San Mateo County fire and Cal Fire, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the Woodside Fire Department, the California Highway Patrol and the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene. Palo Alto police's Specialized Traffic Accident Reconstruction team has taken over the investigation.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent by text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the police's free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
Bay City News Service contributed to this report.