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Construction Zone Speeding Leads To Deadly Crash, CHP Says

The fatal crash is a reminder to Southwest Riverside County motorists whose freeways are undergoing considerable construction.

The California Highway Patrol has released a news statement about Tuesday morning’s fatal motorcycle crash in Murrieta, and unsafe speed in a construction zone is being blamed for the deadly spill.

The lethal crash occurred at approximately 7:30 a.m. on the southbound 215 Freeway just north of Murrieta Hot Springs Road.

According to a CHP report, a motorcycle rider aboard a black Kawasaki CBR 600 lost control, was run over by a tractor-trailer and died at the scene.

CHP reported that the motorcycle rider, whose identity has not yet been released by authorities, was attempting to overtake slow traffic in the freeway construction area.

The posted speed limit in the construction zone is 55 mph, but the motorcycle rider was traveling at about 65 mph while traffic ahead slowed to 35 mph, according to CHP.

The rider hit the brakes, lost control and was ejected from the bike into the number two lane, underneath the tractor-trailer, according to the CHP.

“The rear axles (of the tractor-trailer) … ran over (the rider) causing fatal injuries,” the CHP reported. 

The tractor-trailer driver was interviewed at the scene and later released.  

As is customary, the crash remains under investigation.

Traffic in the area is moving at press time.

LBV Collins June 12, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Very sad. My sympathies to the motorcyclist's family and friends.
Donna Kimball June 12, 2012 at 11:02 PM
So sad, my thoughts are with all involved in this tragedy. If only people would just SLOW down, life is just too short!
LHJ June 13, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Too bad.. As we go faster (when posted to go slower) life gets even shorter.. While my sympathies go out to the family, I also acknowledge that stunts like this happen all too often, especially with these motorcycle riders.. It seems they don't think the laws should apply to them... That is what is really sad. Not only do they shorten their own lives, but they put the lives of others at risk as well as a life of living with their vehicle having ended the life of the motorcycle rider.. In all fairness though, and though more protected, a lot of "stupid" car drivers seem to like to think the laws don't apply to them either.. Idiots!!! SLOW DOW!!!! The law of speed versus immediate stops apply to every thing on earth, including human beings in cars and on motorcycles.
kek June 13, 2012 at 04:36 AM
so very sad, why is everyone in such a hurry, Life is very short. Seeing this on my way to work, I feel for the lifes that were changed today in the split sec.
Anthony June 13, 2012 at 04:43 AM
People need to speed the fuck up and not slow down! It's the DUMB FUCKS THAT SLOW DOWN THAT CAUSE THESE ACCIDENTS!
LBV Collins June 13, 2012 at 04:48 AM
Well stated Anthony! (And, please... have a couple of beers... then maybe you can enlighten us with even MORE pithy insight.)
Anthony June 13, 2012 at 05:49 AM
Hahahahahahahaahaaa You said "pithy"
A.J. June 13, 2012 at 06:30 AM
Anthony your pathetic. To make such comments on such a tragic situation. Shame on u.
Anthony June 13, 2012 at 07:06 AM
Stop judging people's opinions!
Earl McGee June 13, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Anthony, he's not judging your opinion, he's judging your lack of human compassion. If this had been one of your loved ones, I doubt you would be so irreverent. But, I remember when I had my first beer!
Unknown June 13, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Anthony your one of those idiots! It was a construction zone! They were supposed to slow down dumb ass!
hippa June 14, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Anthony, how about you speed up and everyone else follows the law smart guy!!! Maybe you wil end up under a trailor! Your dumb!

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