OAKLAND -- A motorcyclist killed this week when a truck made an abrupt left turn in front of him was identified Friday by the Alameda County Coroner's Office as Ricke Ortolf.
Ortolf, 58, of Oakland, died following the crash that took place just before 1:38 p.m. on Wednesday, police said.
Officers said Ortolf was traveling south on Harrison Street and a pickup truck was driving to his right. At Harrison and Pearl streets, the pickup driver made an abrupt left turn onto Pearl, police said.
To avoid getting hit, the motorcyclist swerved, hit a parked car, drove up onto the sidewalk and hit a wall and a fence. Ortolf was ejected onto the pavement and suffered major injuries. He was transported to Highland Hospital, where he later died.
The driver of the truck stayed at the crash site, was interviewed by traffic investigators and was released pending further investigation. The driver, whose name and age were not released, was not cited or arrested.
Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call police at 510-777-8540.
Staff writer Kristin J. Bender contributed to this report. Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.