Coroner id’s fatal crash victim

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The Placer County Coroner identified Friday the motorcyclist killed in a head-on collision as a Newcastle resident. Peter Price Pirtle, 53, died at the scene of a Wednesday afternoon accident after his 1997 Harley Davidson drifted across the double-yellow lines on Indian Hill Road in Newcastle and into the path of an oncoming van. The driver was the van was uninjured. Both motorists were traveling at 50 mph on a road with a speed limit of 55. ~ Staff report