UPDATE: Motorcyclist Killed On Ortega Highway Identified

William James Kaucky died in a crash involving motorcycles on the Ortega Highway, the California Highway Patrol reports.

to read more about Ortega Highway's bloody reputation.

UPDATE: The Riverside County Coroner's Office tonight released the name of an Anaheim man killed when his motorcycle crashed on the Ortega Highway and he was subsequently run over by a fellow rider.

William James Kaucky, 39, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash that was reported about 1:45 p.m. Sunday, east of the , near Lake Elsinore. He was riding a 2009 Kawasaki sport bike.

The crash occurred 2.5 miles west of Grand Avenue, authorities said.

The 44-year-old Riverside man who struck Kaucky crashed his 2007 Suzuki motorcycle and sustained major injuries, according to the CHP. He was transported to Inland Valley Medical Center.

According to the coroner's report, Kaucky was wearing a helmet but was "traveling at a high rate of speed" and "for unknown reasons" lost control and was ejected off the bike.

The crash forced a third motorcyclist -- a 22-year-old man -- to brake hard and lay his bike down, according to a CHP report. He was treated at the scene and later released.

PRIOR STORY: A 39-year-old Anaheim resident died today when his motorcycle crashed into an embankment and threw him onto Ortega Highway, where a fellow rider ran him over.

A third rider -- all of them were heading east together on the Ortega -- then slid his bike onto the ground to avoid crashing, according to California Highway Patrol Sgt. Richard Fuentes.

The second rider, who struck the victim, was taken to a local hospital, where his condition was not immediately available.

The crash was reported about 1:45 p.m., east of the , in Lake Elsinore.

A SigAlert that was issued at 2:14 p.m. was lifted at 4:20 p.m., according to the CHP.

The victim's identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.


A three-motorcycle crash today has claimed the life of at least one rider, authorities said.

The crash, near the , was reported to the California Highway Patrol about 1:45 p.m.

A SigAlert has been issued and all traffic is stopped on the Ortega, the CHP reported.

There were no immediate details on whether there were any other injuries.

More details to follow ...

mona October 03, 2011 at 01:41 AM
I was several cars behind them before the accident. Before it happened, I had two motorcycles pass between me and motorist heading the opposite way, around a curve. I was already upset, because what they were doing was so dangerous. I ride Ortega all the time, I live off of it and it's a shame how many people abuse it. Sad that another life was lost.
Terry Mohr October 03, 2011 at 01:43 AM
For all of you to blame bikers and "everyone else" that may be exceeding the speed limit is ridiculous. You all have no idea what happened to the motorcyclist that died and/or other motorcyclists involved in this accident. Did if ever occur to you that maybe he had a blowout, that maybe his rear wheel locked up due to possible engine seizure, that maybe there was gravel on the road - any possible causes for two wheels to have an "accident"? Of course not - you just want to blame it on careless driving and possible excess speed. Before you start making accusations get your fact straight, be sensitive to the person that lost his life, the immediate family that will suffer from today's tragedy and the fact that "accidents" happen. Three years ago my two stroke motorcycle seized up doing about 50 miles an hour and my rear (Ortega speed limit) wheel locked up and I was lucky enough to control my fate but if I hadn't - my family would have been reading you ridiculous accusations when they knew I could ride motorcycles very well but it would have appeared that I couldn't. God bless that individual that died and his family - you should all think the same way and keep your opinions to yourself!
Diana October 03, 2011 at 01:46 AM
Well said Terry, however if you ride the Ortega you have to know that what the posters are saying is true. All of us that ride and drive this highway know that it is true...come on!!!
Roberto October 03, 2011 at 01:48 AM
I'm afraid there are too many witnesses to Crotch Rocket maniacs. Typically, a Harley rider is "Cruising" and not pushing the limits of a crotch rocket rice burner.
Darren October 03, 2011 at 03:22 AM
I was up there this morning and do this ride each weekend at 7 am to avid traffic and just enjoy the scenery and not as a racetrack. Yes there are way too many other riders that think it is a free track and even worse are the drivers that speed as well. I drove this in my car on Saturday to go to ride my dirt bike and way scared to actually drive this road as so many drivers fly through this route. I have only seen 1 cop in 2 months and it was this morning as he ran out of gas on the way over. This road does need patrol to keep it safe moving forward.
UNCLE FESTER October 03, 2011 at 02:59 PM
( continued from above) no one wants to see anyone die having fun. no family wants "that" call but, it happens and speed, inexperienced riders, and even other failures cause these to happen.. the riders know it, we know it . im glad YOU GOT LUCKY... and lived to tell the tale..
UNCLE FESTER October 03, 2011 at 02:59 PM
erry, do you really think anyone intended to piss you off ? if you lived here, you'de know what they are saying is 98% true.. most of the nasty crashes here involving the bikes are "self inflicted". too fast , loose gravel, blind lane changing. racing, wet spots, and YES even mechanical malfunctions have caused a few.. no one should die riding but, these people go out of their way to buy safety equipment BEING FULLY AWARE OF ITS POTENTIAL AND ITS USE...---they know how dangerous it is to ride up there.. whats the point of all the safety gear ? i ride too. been down and didnt like it.. more than once. FOR THE RECORD-- there are 2 kinds of riders in the world, ONES WHO HAVE BEEN DOWN AND THOSE WHO WILL !! most crashes on ortega are due to speed--including the cars and trucks. we just hear more about the bikes since its a world renown riding area now.. its listed in magazines as a fun , fast, and dangerous road worth the ride...its also been recommended for the "advanced" rider.. its too bad someone had to die-- even worse, it sounds like one his friends actually ran him over. he gets to live with that no matter what or whos fault it was. so the opinions you think are wrong or miss-placed are for the most part well founded and usually right.. if you ride this road and live here to see all of this -you'de know that..
Buddy October 03, 2011 at 03:42 PM
I ride this road a few times/week. It is rare occassion on a ride that a car doesn't tailgate me on every corner and straight, flying along as they commute to the other side. It's all of us who use the 74 who need to be a little more sensible, not one particular group.
Richelle Maly October 03, 2011 at 04:26 PM
I was about 20 cars back from this accident...such a shame another life was lost. I agree that most of these accidents could be prevented, but like someone else said, you don't know the specifics of what happened. As I turned around to head back to Orange County when we found out about the 2 hour delay, a lady asked me what happened. When I told her it was a street bike fatality, the first words out of her mouth were "I can't believe someone so irresponsible would inconvenience us like that." -- Regardless of the circumstances, that pissed me off to no end. RIP William, and my condolences to his family.
Kelly Price October 03, 2011 at 06:06 PM
to the cold, callous idiots that think all 'crotch rocket riders' are maniacs, I will have you know that Bill was a highly intelligent engineer with 20+ years of riding experience!
Jeffth222@gmail.com October 03, 2011 at 06:34 PM
build the tunnel and have bike day on what would be the historic "Ortegas". Maybe even charge a fee?
Jeffth222@gmail.com October 03, 2011 at 06:35 PM
...build the tunnel and have bike day on what would be the historic "Ortegas". Maybe even charge a fee? No Matter, RIP William and my condolences to his family and friends. I don't think there are many of us on this earth, that can say we have not done something at one time or another, that could have caused our own or others death. I don't think very many do it with i'll intent. Non-the-less, we do live in a much safer world and a time we should all be so grateful to live in. This is a road that is over used, and all that drive this should start pushing the tunnel, which would take the Ortegas back to a simpler and happier time. A road that has such beauty and charm, packed with daily trafic, has not made a good match.
Tana October 03, 2011 at 08:20 PM
I feel very bad for him and his family but motorcycles are so dangerous and should be outlawed.
Stormy October 03, 2011 at 08:22 PM
There are 20,000 cars that go up and down Grand Avenue to access the Ortega Hwy from the entire valley here, commuters that want to avoid being stuck on the 15 fwy and the 91fwy to get to OC. That in itself is pretty scary. I remember the day when this hwy was just a nice relaxing ride to OC with beautiful scenery and an escape from the freeways, now it's a race track full of cars that tail gate, pass when the shouldn't and all of them in a huge hurry. Throw some motorcycles in with the already bad situation and something tragic happens, time and time again.
Christi October 03, 2011 at 11:33 PM
Like one poster said, they were passed by 2 bikes before the wreck. That endangered her life as well as the bikers. There is no passing in that area legally at all. Why? Because it isn't safe. When the bikes pass because they don't want to do the speed limit they are now taking my life into their hands. My husband almost got hit by a car avoiding an idiot who did just that, and he was on a bike. No one deserves to die for doing what they love on a bike or car I'd they are safe. If there were rocks, then it should have been reported and cleaned, cal trans does that. Have you ever called in a hazarard hat could harm a biker? I am thinking of the man who died and if just one person can learn from this, I believe he would appreciate it. I know I would. As for cops? I saw them a lot during the high enforcement up there. It did work.
Debra S October 04, 2011 at 01:31 AM
There have been many in cars that have passed me doing 70 in a 45 mph zone.
Debra S October 04, 2011 at 01:37 AM
I'm just so, so sad for the family. It is a dangerous highway any time & any day you drive it.
J Carabine October 04, 2011 at 05:29 AM
Sad words to hear ;(>. out of her mouth at her ' inconvienience. ;( my thoughts;prayers go out to the family regardless of circumstances and judgements. This family's loss is enormous, having lost a son three years ago it is a long hard journey filled with people's judgements, cruel comments and just plain ignorance. I pray for their healing -which will be a long way down the road -an that they have support around them to keep going.
Jeffth222@gmail.com October 04, 2011 at 06:36 PM
To Christi, i don't think that the person who refuted your post was fair in his/her assessment and may have just taken your words to fuel his anger and vent his frustration. It would of been a nice change if this person focused on the sadness of the accident and the ongoing problem that the Ortegas have become. I don't think you, or any of us, for the most part, want to see anyone die unnecessarily. I am sure most of us have done things, at one time or another, which have placed others at harm: like rushing to get through a yellow light, jetting over several lanes to make an exit and/or worse. see next....
Jeffth222@gmail.com October 04, 2011 at 06:36 PM
We all have our own opinions on this and other tragic issues of life and as that refuter-poster said: if it was your husband in the accident who died, you would have posted a 180 degree stance on the accident. Me personally, would have to say that I have had several friends die riding rice-rockets and all of them should have died many times over before their ultimate death. As a note, I had informed my friends, that if I found out they hurt or killed a family or child, for their extreme irresponsable and unsafe riding antics, on public roads, that i wouldn't be responsable for what I did to them, if they lived. see next
Jeffth222@gmail.com October 04, 2011 at 06:37 PM
A death like this, is sad at best and hurts all of us in one way or another, but if this person is blatantly acting in an irresponsable and dangerous manner, doing things that "WILL" hurt others, only at their irresponsable behavioral expense, well, this is just wrong and I feel that this was the message Christi was trying to send. I feel that the refuter-poster, who seems to have not left his or her name, is less than fair in the assessment he left about your post. I would hope this refuter-poster, on his next post, would try to take a pro-active look at the overall issue and evaluate the overall issue of the Ortegas, and understand that most every person who has driven the Ortegas on any type of regular basis, has had many bike riders pass them in an unsafe manner and cars on their bumper, which places all of us at risk, as well as responsable bikers. see next...
Jeffth222@gmail.com October 04, 2011 at 06:37 PM
Also, accidents like this, can give all bikers, even the ones who try to have a fun safe ride, a bad reputation and don't forget there are still the auto drivers, that at times, can be as bad, if not worse, than the bike riders: At least in a head-on bike-car crash we know who is most likely to lose 99.99% of the time. This said, I feel that all of us should try to work with the Patch to start up a fb page and see if "we the people" are abel to make change to the Ortegas with the tunnels that will ultimately take additional traffic off all other surrounding freeways and the Ortegas and help so much. This construction job could also help create jobs and commerce while lessen the traffic on the already packed surrounding Parking lots, I mean freeways, and give the Ortegas back it's innocence. "Build the Tunnels" ??? RIP to the family and friends of all the victims of the Ortegas.
Jeffth222@gmail.com October 04, 2011 at 06:44 PM
Build the Tunnels" ??? "Take Back the Ortegas" for all the families and friends that will lose a loved one tomorrow and in the future, on the Ortegas and for all the families and friends the victims of the Ortegas of yesterday. RIP
Roy Quintana October 05, 2011 at 03:01 AM
do you remember what the motorcycles looked like describe the colors and possibly the suits the riders were wearing ??
Car October 05, 2011 at 06:27 PM
To My Little Brother... Only you could tell us exactly what happened, some day... The ignorance of others holds no value in our eyes, as we know how safety conscious you were, a very intelligent engineer, you had years of riding experience, you were not a novice....but a genius. We LOVE YOU and will miss you dearly.... Until God brings us all together once again, Love, Your Sis-
UNCLE FESTER October 05, 2011 at 10:22 PM
very nicely done "car".. sorry about your brother.. i hope thing get easier for you and the family..
Dennis Kaucky October 06, 2011 at 01:13 AM
There will also be a service for Bill Kaucky in California this weekend: Visitation- Saturday, October 08, 2011 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. Hilgenfeld Mortuary Crystal Room Aneheim, CA 92805 Private Interment
LBV Collins October 06, 2011 at 01:33 AM
My condolences to you and your family, Dennis.
Debra S October 06, 2011 at 01:44 AM
God bless you and your family in this time of mourning. I am sincerely sorry for your loss. For your peace of mind you should not read what these horrible people post on this site.
Cookie mom June 24, 2012 at 07:03 AM
Im so sorry for ur lost my thoughts r with the family i feel for u all its so hard when u lose someone i couldnt imagine losing someone in my family or a friend so i no how they must be feeling my prayers r with u all dear lord please lift them up in prayer at this moment father god and give the family peace lord


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