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Couple dies in motorcycle crash

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Truck driver suspected of DUI

VALLEY LAKE RANCHOS — A man and woman riding a motorcycle on Avenue 21 near Road 31 were killed after they attempted to avoid a pickup truck that turned in front of them, the California Highway Patrol said. The driver of the pickup is suspected of DUI.

Gary Ragsdale, 41, of Madera Ranchos was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. The names of the victims, a couple from Ahwahnee, are not being released pending notification of family members.

Ragsdale, who was coming from Hensley Lake, was also charged with two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter, according to officers. He and a female passenger sustained cuts and bruises in the crash.

Bystanders at Sunny’s Market and gas station were horrified as they saw the crash unfold...


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