Kern County coroner has identified the motorcyclist killed as 37-year-old Patrick Michael Persel of Bakersfield.
Just before 6 a.m. Wednesday, California Highway Patrol responded to a traffic fatality at Highway 58 and Tracy Avenue involving a motorcycle and truck.
CHP determined Persel, the driver of the motorcycle, was speeding and weaving in and out of traffic when he slammed into the back of a big rig. Persel died as a result of the crash, according to officials.
The driver of the big rig was not injured.
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