A motorbiker was pronounced dead at the scene after a two-vehicle crash on the A170 near Sutton Bank on Sunday.
The man, who was in his mid-50s and from the Beverley area, was riding his Ducati motorcycle towards Sutton Bank when it collided with a Vauxhall Astra at Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe.
Police believe the rider was overtaking a line of other vehicles when he collided with the car that was turning right into the Bagby junction at 5.45pm.
The rider was pronounced dead at the scene despite the best efforts of police officers and paramedics.
The man driving the Astra escaped uninjured but was left shocked by the incident.
Highways officials put in place diversions while police investigators analysed the scene and later allowed the two vehicles to be recovered.
The stretch of road re-opened at 11.10pm.
Witnesses to the collision or anyone who recalls seeing a man on a Ducati motorcycle travelling from Thirsk towards Sutton Bank at around teatime on Sunday, are urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for Julian Pearson. Alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org
Quote reference NYP-29092013-0434 when providing information about this collision.