LAKE ELSINORE (CNS) – An Inland Empire man was speeding and failed to stay on his side of the road moments before he was killed in a motorcycle crash on the Ortega Highway, Route 74, near the Orange-Riverside-Orange county line, the CHP said today.
Adrian Cervantes, 24, of Fontana, was killed in the wreck at 10:55 a.m. Saturday, according to the CHP and the Orange County Coroner.
His Honda motorcycle was heading east at 60-65 miles per hour when he tried to negotiate a curve in the roadway, a CHP report said.
Because of his unsafe speed, Cervantes traveled left across the double yellow line into the path of a westbound 1995 Chevy pickup truck. He was thrown from his bike, the CHP said.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the pickup truck was not arrested, and the road between Lake Elsinore and San Juan Capistrano was closed for two hours.
The winding road is the only direct route between the Inland Empire and southern Orange County, and is frequented by motorcycles on weekends. CHP officers said the 80-year-old two lane road is one of the bloodiest routes in the state.
LAKE ELSINORE – A motorcyclist was apparently killed when his cycle and a truck crashed head-on on the Ortega Highway, closing Route 74 between Riverside and Orange counties.
The collision was reported at 10:55 a.m. for the wreck, near the Candy Store and the county line, according to the CHP. That location is about 10 miles west of Lake Elsinore, in an area notorious for deadly motorcycle crashes.
The rider was reported to be still and under the truck, witnesses told the CHP.
The twisting highway between San Juan Capistrano and Lake Elsinore was closed until 12:55 p.m.