UPDATE (5:18 p.m.) - The California Highway Patrol says a 26-year-old motorcyclist from Lompoc was killed in a crash near La Purisima Mission Tuesday afternoon.
Officers say the motorcyclist was heading eastbound on Purisima Road when the driver of a Volkswagen on Mission Gate Road made a lefthand turn onto Purisima Road.
CHP says the motorcyclist, for unknown reasons, was ejected and collided with the front of the Volkswagen. He was pronounced dead at the scene and his name has not yet been released.
CHP says drugs or alcohol do not appear to be factors in the crash, which remains under investigation.
The driver of the Volkswagen, identified as a 67-year-old man from Lompoc, was not injured.
ORIGINAL STORY: Purisima Road outside Lompoc was closed Tuesday afternoon due to a fatal crash.
It was reported shortly after 2:45 p.m. near the entrance to La Purisima Mission.
California Highway Patrol officers at the scene say a vehicle headed eastbound collided with a motorcycle in front of the gate to the mission. The male motorcyclist was killed.
Purisima Rd. was closed from Rucker Rd. to Highway 246. Mission Gate Road was also being closed off nearby.
This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available.