Biker killed in head-on crash on Highway 79 outside Temecula

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TEMECULA – A motorcycle rider was killed in a crash on Highway 79 just outside of Temecula Thursday evening.

It happened a little after 6:30 p.m. near the intersection of Highway 79 and Anza Road,  California Highway Patrol Temecula spokesman Mike Lassig said.

According to a preliminary investigation, a man riding a 2016 Harley-Davidson motorcycle was heading southeast on Highway 79 when he came to a curve in the roadway that he was unable to safely negotiate, Lassig said. It’s believed the biker crossed into opposing traffic and struck an oncoming 2009 Volvo semi-truck.

Emergency personnel responded to the crash shortly after it was reported, but the motorcycle rider, a 34-year-old Hemet man, died at the scene, Lassig said.

The driver of the semi-truck was uninjured.

Lassig said the crash remained under investigation, but involvement of alcohol has not been ruled out.

Both directions of Highway 79 were shut down Thursday evening as a result of the crash. Lanes were expected to be reopened by about 9:45 p.m., Lassig said.

Will Fritz can be reached by email at wfritz@reedermedia.com.