SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (BCN) — The California Highway Patrol is reporting a motorcyclist was killed in a crash in Santa Cruz early Saturday morning.

The crash occurred Saturday at 1:48 a.m. on Water Street, west of North Branciforte Avenue, according to the CHP. The driver of the motorcycle has been identified as a 54-year-old man from Santa Cruz.

On Saturday morning at 1:48 a.m., officers saw a motorcycle driving at a high rate of speed and fail to stop at a stop sign, according to the CHP. The officers attempted to make a traffic enforcement stop on the motorcycle, but the motorcycle did not stop, and a pursuit ensued.

Less than a minute later, the rider lost control of the motorcycle and crashed into a curb on Water Street. Officers provided medical aid to the rider, but he was ultimately pronounced deceased at the scene, according to the CHP.

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The crash is under investigating, and the CHP is reporting alcohol is suspected to have played a factor in the crash.

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