Kern River Valley

Rider ejected and killed when motorcycle hits canyon wall

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A man who was killed while riding his motorcycle in the Kern River Canyon has been identified as 39-year-old Daniel Soto of Huntington Park in Los Angeles.

CHP investigators said Soto was eastbound on Highway 178 just after 7 p.m. Saturday when he failed to negotiate a left curve just east of the Lower Richbar Campground and hit the canyon wall.

Soto was ejected from the Honda 600 and landed in the roadway, where he died. The motorcycle caught fire and came to rest in the middle of the highway, blocking traffic in both directions.

The collision remains under investigation.