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Fire Dept.: Motorcyclist Dies in Ortega Highway Crash

Approximate location of crash.  Courtesy: Google Maps
Approximate location of crash. Courtesy: Google Maps
A motorcyclist suffered fatal injuries in a crash with another vehicle on the Ortega Highway near Lake Elsinore Friday, fire officials report.

According to Melody Hendrickson with the Riverside County Fire Department, the crash was reported around 11:20 a.m., along the curvy highway, at Monte Vista Road.

The driver of a Toyota compact and a motorcyclist, each coming from opposite directions, collided on a bend in the highway, the CHP reported.

Hendrickson tells Lake Elsinore-Wildomar Patch that the motorcyclist died at the scene.

No other injuries have been reported.

A total of three engine companies and nine firefighters were sent to the scene, according to fire reports.

Traffic on the Ortega was snarled because of the wreck and a road repair project happening near the location of the crash, according to the CHP.


Alek J Hidell March 01, 2014 at 02:05 PM
If that Kia is passing cars 3 at a time on blind curves, you would be correct. however, we all know that is not possible with a Kia. The street bike is an archaic relic, as most of its fans seem to be....stick with motocross or better yet? church-related activities... You'll live longer.
Joseph Morabito March 01, 2014 at 02:45 PM
Southernbelle, if you're going to play that game... may I join in too? Maybe —but an 18 wheeler still has no chance against an M1A1 barreling down in a head-on either.
Eric March 01, 2014 at 03:19 PM
And the Kia, 18-wheeler and M1A1 stand no chance against the full power of my fully operational Death Star!!! lol
trueconservative March 07, 2014 at 07:57 PM
My prayers go out to all involved.

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