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A motorcycle rider on a bike with California plates rear-ended a van as they both headed northbound on Highway 101 Saturday evening. Newport Police reported that the motorcyclist came up behind the van too closely. The van driver said he slowed to begin looking for hotels or motels when suddenly he felt a jolt to his vehicle. Behind him, the motorcyclist had hit the van’s rear bumper, knocking the motorcycle over and the rider to the pavement. The cycle rider was talkative with fire paramedics who soon had him loaded aboard an ambulance for the one and a half block ride to PCH.
Newport Police said the motorcyclist was likely to be cited for following too closely.