Man killed in highway crash identified as Murrieta resident

A motorcycle lies on Interstate 15 following a multi-vehicle accident. The motorcyclist, from Murrieta, perished due to his injuries from the collision. Heather Olinger photo
A motorcycle lies on Interstate 15 following a multi-vehicle accident. The motorcyclist, from Murrieta, perished due to his injuries from the collision. Heather Olinger photo

PALA MESA – A man thrown from his motorcycle and killed in a collision on Interstate 15 near Fallbrook was 59 years old and from Murrieta, authorities say.

His name is being withheld pending family notification. The crash occurred shortly after 3:30 p.m. Monday on northbound Interstate 15, just north of state Route 76 in the Pala Mesa area, said California Highway Patrol Officer Mark Latulippe.

The motorcyclist was splitting lanes on the freeway at unknown speeds when he struck the rear of a Toyota Corolla, throwing him from the motorcycle, Latulippe said. He was taken to Palomar Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

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The initial collision set off a chain-reaction, with a Ford F-150 swerving to avoid the downed rider and crashing into a Honda Civic, Latulippe said. That crash pushed the Civic into a Volvo semitractor-trailer. The driver of the Civic was taken to Palomar Medical Center for treatment of minor to moderate injuries.

CHP investigators are still trying to determine what caused the initial crash – drugs or alcohol are not believed to have been factors – and did not immediately know why the motorcyclist collided with the Corolla, Latulippe said. The crash left three northbound lanes blocked on the freeway into the late afternoon.

3 Responses to "Man killed in highway crash identified as Murrieta resident"

  1. Preston   September 12, 2017 at 7:15 am

    Lane splitting at any speed should be illegal — It puts everyone in danger and for what?
    So a motorcycle ride can get ahead of you?
    Well, sorry, this is what happens when you allow lane splitting.

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  2. Mike Roberts   September 12, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    R.I.P.Brother!

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  3. David   September 13, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    California is the only State that allows lane splitting. Just because something is legal does not necessarily mean that it is a good idea. The lighted freeway signs informing other motorists to watch out for motorcycles is troubling. The motorcyclists are the ones who choose to perform the dangerous maneuvers in the first place. No. Passing between other vehicles at a 30 mph differential speed is not a good idea. A bit like Russian Roulette. Feel lucky, Punk?

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