A Lodi man died Saturday when he tried to pass a Honda on his motorcycle in a no-passing zone on Highway 12 in Solano County, according to the California Highway Patrol.
David Smith, 61, was one of two motorcyclists who crossed over two sets of solid, double-yellow lines to try and pass cars heading east on Highway 12, according to the CHP.
Smith was riding just east of Denverton Road between Fairfield and Rio Vista around 6 p.m., according to the CHP, when he and the other motorcyclist attempted to pass three cars.
The first motorcycle passed a 1994 Honda Accord driven by Salvador Munguia, 48, of Fullerton.
But Smith's 2008 Harley Davidson did not appear to have enough room to pass the Honda and struck a center median, CHP officials said.
Smith, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from his bike, which then struck the left front bumper of the Honda and continued onto the right shoulder.
Smith was pronounced dead at the scene. Munguia, the driver of the Honda, was not injured.
According to CHP officials, the first motorcyclist, who was also riding a Harley Davidson, did not stop at the scene, and has not contacted the CHP.
The highway was closed off in both directions until roughly 6:45 p.m., and the eastbound lane was closed until 9:30 p.m. for cleanup and investigation.
It is unknown whether drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the CHP at 707-428-2100.
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