UPDATED: Two motorcyclists killed in Ortega Highway crash

UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 18, 9 a.m.

The two men killed in a crash on the Ortega highway Sunday, Sept. 17 have been identified as Orange County residents.

Gilbert Banuelos, 24, of La Habra resident and Andre Dang, 27, of Buena Park, both lost thier lives in the crash, according to the Riverside County coroner’s office.

The crash occurred when an eastbound motorcyclist took a curve at excessive speeds, crossed a double-yellow line and struck a westbound motorcyclist.

The crash was reported at 10:30 a.m. on State Route 74 just west of the Ortega Oaks Candy Store and Goods, according to April Newman of the Riverside Fire Department.

When they arrived at the location, first responders attempted life-saving procedures on two people who were down and unconscious, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene, Newman said.

Family members of one of the victims arrived at the crash site and requested a chaplain, according to a CHP incident log.

The CHP closed both lanes of State Route 74 at the crash scene, and closed access to the westbound route at Grand Avenue in Lake Elsinore. Eastbound traffic was blocked at Nichols Institute Road in Rancho Santa Margarita, while the investigation was conducted.

Ortega Highway, which winds through the Santa Ana Mountains, is known for a higher-than-usual incidence of deadly motorcycle crashes.

On Aug. 20, a 22-year-old San Clemente man was killed on the highway in a head-on crash when he crossed into the wrong side of the roadway while speeding and was hit by an SUV, according to the CHP.

ORIGINAL STORY:

LAKE ELSINORE – Two people were killed Sunday, Sept. 17, in a crash involving two motorcycles on a windy stretch of the Ortega Highway.

The crash was reported at 10:30 a.m. on State Route 74 just west of the Ortega Oaks Candy Store and Goods, according to April Newman of the Riverside Fire Department.

When they arrived at the location, first responders attempted life-saving procedures on two people who were down and unconscious, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene, Newman said.

Details on what caused the crash were not immediately available.

The CHP closed both lanes of State Route 74 at the crash scene, and closed access to the westbound route at Grand Avenue in Lake Elsinore.

Eastbound traffic was blocked at Nichols Institute Road in Rancho Santa Margarita, while the investigation was conducted.

2 Responses to "UPDATED: Two motorcyclists killed in Ortega Highway crash"

  1. Preston   September 18, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Were they both on the same bike?
    Male and Female, two Males?

    Reply
    • Kim Harris   September 18, 2017 at 9:00 am

      Hi Preston, the story has been updated with all of the details. KH

      Reply

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