OAKLAND -- A motorcyclist who died early Monday from injuries suffered when he collided with an SUV that turned in front of him has been identified as La'akea Sky Smith, 23, of Oakland, according to the Alameda County coroner's office.
The name of the driver of the SUV, a 55-year-old Piedmont man, was not released.
The collision happened at midnight Monday at the intersection of West MacArthur Boulevard and Telegraph Avenue.
Traffic Officer Glenn Hara said the SUV was going eastbound on West MacArthur and Smith westbound on West MacArthur.
Hara said Smith hit the SUV when the SUV turned in front of him onto northbound Telegraph Avenue. Smith, who police said was wearing a helmet, was ejected onto the pavement and later died from his injuries at a hospital.
The SUV driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with police, Hara said. He said alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the collision.
According to his Facebook page, Smith was a native of Hawaii. According to a blog, Smith has previously lived at a Buddhist center in the Santa Cruz Mountains and in 2009 had a poem published in a book entitled "Carcinogenic Poetry."
The death remains under investigation. Police are asking that anyone with information to contact investigators at 510-777-8540.