Highway Patrol officers responded at about 12:50 p.m. to the crash involving two motorcycles on Highway 59 at Reilly Road, Sgt. Steven Lewis said.
After talking to people taking part in the ride – which was traveling north on Highway 59 – the CHP determined that one of the lead riders in the group had braked for slowing traffic, Lewis said.
That rider lost control of his motorcycle, which fell down. Another motorcycle with two riders was unable to stop in time and collided with the first motorcycle.
A man and a woman riding on the second motorcycle were injured and transported to Mercy Medical Center in Merced, Lewis said. The male rider of the first motorcycle was transported to a Modesto hospital but died.
The ride was a fundraiser for Los Banos officers Kristifer Hew and Aaron Pinon and their families caring for them. The officers were responding to the Pacheco Village apartments in Los Banos on July 31 when they were shot by 39-year-old suspect Norberto Nieblas Reyes, who officials say managed to grab a gun from one of the officers.The suspect was shot by one of the officers and killed during the encounter.
About 100 riders had gathered outside the Los Banos Police Department around noon Saturday, where Rodriguez, Deborah Lewis and others thanked them for participating and preached safety and caution.