Motorcyclist killed on Highway 371 identified as Palm Springs man

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ANZA (CNS) – A motorcyclist killed when he lost control of his bike on Highway 371 and tumbled down a hillside just east of Anza was identified today as a 79-year-old Palm Springs man.
Charles Farrell was fatally injured about 3 p.m. Wednesday just east of Burnt Valley Road and less than a mile west of Highway 79, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Officer Matt Napier told City News Service that Farrell was headed west on the 371 when his 2012 Harley Davidson Electra overturned, ejecting him onto the pavement.
“Mr. Farrell traveled in a southerly direction, across the eastbound lane and the asphalt shoulder, then down a steep descending embankment,” Napier said.
The Harley came to rest along the shoulder of the eastbound lane and a passing motorist spotted it, immediately stopping to call 911, he said.
There were initial reports that a car was involved in the crash, but Napier said that was not the case.
Riverside County Fire Department crews reached the location within 20 minutes and located the victim at the bottom of the hill. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.
The CHP shut down the highway while the recovery operation was completed and a preliminary investigation was conducted. However, Napier said lanes were periodically opened during the two-hour shutdown to let traffic through because there is no detour available in that area.
Anyone with information about the crash was asked to contact the CHP’s San Gorgonio office at 951-769-2000.