Driver of Harley dies from crash off 199

Triplicate Staff

A motorcyclist died on Tuesday evening after he struck a guardrail and was thrown down a ravine on Highway 199.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Robert Gatlin, 59, of Gold Beach, was traveling alone southbound on Highway 199 on a Harley-Davidson when he left the roadway and struck a guardrail just north of mile marker 24 on Tuesday around 5 p.m.

He was then thrown 40 feet down a steep embankment covered with rocks and trees, where he sustained "major injuries," according to a CHP press release. After being retrieved and transportedby ambulance to Ward Field in Gasquet, he was flown to Providence Medical Center in Medford.

He succumbed to injuries later that night, according to CHP spokesperson Sgt. Rick Thoma.

There was no indication that Gatlin was speeding or that alcohol was involved, Thoma said. The accident is still under investigation.

Gasquet Fire, Del Norte Ambulance, CalFire and CHP responded after passersby called to report the accident, Thoma said.

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