A 40-year-old Inyokern man was found down on the side of a roadway in Inyokern on Monday and later died at a hospital, according to a Kern County coroner's office news release.

Mark Andrew Smoot was found at 1:53 a.m. on Athel Avenue just west of Highway 395 in Inyokern where his 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle had left the roadway.

The California Highway Patrol said in a news release that Smoot failed to negotiate a curve in the road, left the road and continued into an open desert area, where he was ejected.

Smoot was taken to Ridgecrest Regional Hospital where he died, the coroner's release said.

Smoot was wearing a helmet, the CHP reported.

-- The Californian