A 38-year-old Yuba City man died Sunday morning after his motorcycle traveled off the roadway and crashed into an embankment along Hammonton-Smartsville Road.

Gabriel John Contreras was traveling west on Hammonton-Smartsville Road around 11:55 a.m. when he reportedly attempted to pass a slower motorist heading into a sweeping left curve.

Due to unsafe speed for the curve, Contreras lost control of his motorcycle when it hit the dirt embankment and was ejected onto the rock- and tree-lined embankment, which caused fatal injuries, according to the California Highway Patrol Yuba-Sutter.

Contreras was wearing a motorcycle helmet at the time of the accident, and drugs and alcohol were not a factor in the fatal incident, according to CHP.

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