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Motorcyclist dies after crash with car on Arnold Drive near Sonoma

A 50-year-old East Bay man died Sunday afternoon after his motorcycle collided with an oncoming car on Arnold Drive near Sonoma, authorities said.

The Pleasant Hill motorcyclist, whose name was not released, was traveling south toward Wagner Road at an unknown speed when a 2016 Chevrolet Malibu turned directly into his path about 12:52 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

The Malibu driver, identified as Warren J. Saccente, 61, of Purcellville, Va., had been traveling east on a private driveway at 23555 Arnold Dr. After stopping at the intersection with the road, the driver saw a southbound vehicle turning into the private drive. Believing the intersection to be clear, the Malibu began to turn onto northbound Arnold Drive - right into the path of the 1997 Harley Davidson, the CHP said.

The motorcyclist braked and “attempted to take evasive action” but could not prevent a collision with the Malibu, according to a CHP news release. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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