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Fontana Motorcyclist Dies Following Crash In Lake Elsinore

The man was identified as Fontana resident Jose Garcia, the coroner’s office reported.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

A 51-year-motorcyclist has succumbed to injuries he sustained this morning during a crash at the intersection of Lakeshore Drive and Torn Ranch Road in Lake Elsinore, the Riverside County Coroner’s Office is reporting.

The crash involving motorcyclist Jose Garcia of Fontana and a sedan was reported at approximately 7:40 a.m. Garcia was transported to Inland Valley Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 8:20 a.m., according to the coroner’s office.

The sole occupant of the sedan, a man in his 20s, was unhurt, according to a report from the Lake Elsinore Police Department.

Drugs or alcohol did not appear to be factors in today’s crash that forced the closure of Lakeshore Drive, police said.

Garcia was wearing a helmet, according to the coroner’s report.

The crash remains under investigation by the Lake Elsinore Police Department.

Hen San December 04, 2013 at 12:44 AM
did anybody see this accident this morning? ,this was my brother in law.
Richard Long December 04, 2013 at 11:57 AM
I heard his brakes failed going down that hill, terrible.
robert December 04, 2013 at 12:48 PM
Pichel, I will miss you. You will forever be in my heart and prayers. This morning, I am playing all your favorite tunes you played while I grew up in the same household with you. Grandma needed the company of your your love and smile in heaven. God bless you, uncle. Give grandma my love and ask Jesus for some favor over me.
Jeff McCarthy December 04, 2013 at 03:58 PM
The accident occurred outside my house 10 minutes after I had left for work. It has always been a very dangerous intersection. I'm so sorry for your loss. You and your family are more than welcome to continue setting candles and flowers in our front yard. Ill do my best to keep them lit for you. My deepest condolences go out to you and your family.
Francine Mares December 04, 2013 at 05:40 PM
This was my Tio! My dads brother! I am so hurt and devastated words cannot explain! I miss him so much and cant believe this happened. I know he is in heaven now with my grandma . Heaven has another angel. RIP TIO PICHEL LOVE ALWAYS FRANCINE YOUR NIECE . YOU will never be forgotten and always remembered. :(
No one December 04, 2013 at 09:13 PM
Prayers for your family Francine. RiP Tio Jose
VVV December 04, 2013 at 09:44 PM
Hen San, Robert, and Francine, I am very sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace.
ALR December 04, 2013 at 11:02 PM
Pichel you will be missed very much.ALR will always have a place for you. May you always ride with us, guiding our way down the road we all must travel. You will be missed as a legion rider and a great friend.
Francine Mares December 04, 2013 at 11:26 PM
THank you everyone it means alot to our family and friends. He was a great guy and will truly be missed.
Daisy Rios December 05, 2013 at 12:32 AM
Sorry for the loss RIP :(
Sandy Keys December 06, 2013 at 12:32 AM
I was there, seen the accident and called 911 that morning!! That moment will forever be with me and my thoughts and prayers go out to all of you! May he Rest in Peace!!!
Salazar Tony December 06, 2013 at 06:29 AM
To a good man and a friend my prayers go out to the family...there no words I can say.....I worked with him and he was at my wedding.....I cant believe this happen......may god give comfort to the family....until we meet again my friend.....
Imelda Amado December 07, 2013 at 08:52 PM
-Imelda Amado- In behalf of Della Garcia "wife", children, family and friends. We want to thank you for your support and comments. We have lost a brother a friend and most of all a "Legion Rider". Pitchel was a Road Captain Leader for the American Legion Riders Chapter #155. He will be missed by all chapter's and Riders. May he Rest In Peace
Imelda Amado December 07, 2013 at 09:02 PM
We are being strong and appreciate the much support from family and friends. Please keep him and family in your thoughts and prayers.
Hen San December 09, 2013 at 02:16 AM
what did i looked like happened, Sandy
Sandy Keys December 11, 2013 at 12:23 AM
Again that moment will forever be with me and I have found it terribly difficult to think of anything other than my drive to work that morning and the feeling of helplessness!! The sadness, loss of life and family he left behind even though he was a stranger to me! I wish I could have done more than make a phone call to 911 and wait for help. He was only a car length or two ahead of me when that car came out!! I am so very sorry for your loss!!
robert December 11, 2013 at 11:48 AM
Thank you to everyone who posted your condolences on this article regarding my beloved uncle, Jose "Pichel" Garcia. He was a good man, a tower of strength in my life. As a boy, he always looked out for me, and as an adult, gave me such laughter with his wit. Earlier this year, we lost my grandmother, his mother. I recall how she would stay awake past midnight waiting for Pichel to come home, how she worried for him. I feel she just needed his company in Heaven. I will miss his great smile and laugh, but most of all his unconditional love and free spirit. God bless everyone who was a part of his life and for those who posted. Jeff McCarthy, thank you for allowing us to have a shrine in front of your home, and to Sandy Keys, thank you for the comfort in your thoughts, you are in my prayers. You did all you could and I hope that the memory of your witnessing this tragic moment will be forgotten. We all can find peace in our Lord Jesus Christ. In the good book, John 14:27 says, Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. In John 16:33 it also states, I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” I hope these verses help. Jose's services will be held this Friday December 13, 2013 from 4-9 PM. Preciado Funeral Home 923 W. Mill Street San Bernardino, CA 92410 Telephone: (909) 383-1108

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