Man killed in highway crash identified as Murrieta resident

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 semi-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.

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

  1. Laurel Klausing   September 12, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Don’t like lane splitting not safe. I had one hit my side mirror and they kept going. Its an accident waiting to happen.

  2. grunt   September 12, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Laurel, as a biker who does lane split, and also drives a 4-wheel vehicle sometimes, I 50/.50 agree with you 🙂 As a biker I am cautious, move not a lot faster than traffic, I realize that if something goes wrong I may pay with my life, As a car driver, I don’t like the lane splitting at 70 + MPH. As a car driver, when I see a bike coming up I move over in my lane a little to let him get by.

    Some bikers will snap a mirror IF they think you tried to crowd them out – bad car person (and bad biker),. Some bikers will snap a mirror because there is not enough room between the cars., bad biker.

    If is safe – IF that is a big IF the car respects the biker’s rights and the biker respects the car size,

  3. D   September 13, 2017 at 6:50 am

    The biker DOES NOT have the right to share MY lane. It is dangerous for us both. I’m on the 15 everyday and I’m not even going to mention the jackholes both 2, 4 and 18 wheelers I see everyday.

  4. Greg   September 13, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Actually, lane splitting has been proven in many studies to be safer overall. If done correctly, it allows motorcycles to get away from the danger of being in the midst of traffic. Cars not paying attention to bikers (and other vehicles) is the accident waiting to happen. Yes, there will always be people riding motorcycles poorly, just like there are many people who drive cars poorly. We do not need to penalize and jeopardize good riders and drivers, because some people ride or drive poorly. And yes, the biker does have the right to share the lane. It is not YOUR lane, it belongs to all of us and the law says you have to allow for motorcycles to lane split. Besides, it decreases traffic and gets you home sooner so why wouldn’t you want them to. Can you imagine if every bike that splits lanes, and gets out of the way, were taking up the space of a car? That would be far worse for car drivers. Let them go and lessen the congestion for all. We should be glad every time we see a bike, because that is one car, or truck, not added to the problem.

  5. Ducati Monster   September 14, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    But it does not allow automobile and truck drivers to get away from the danger of motorcyclists driving between lanes. If a motorcyclists can find daylight between cars and trucks, why cannot a Smart Car driver with the same level of judgement do the same? If we are to allow splitting lanes, why have lanes. Just let everyone go mad max.


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