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UPDATED: Coroner IDs Motorcyclist Who Died Following Crash With Delivery Truck In Lake Elsinore

Matthew Schrader, 34, of Murrieta was pronounced dead at Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

UPDATED: The motorcyclist who crashed into a delivery truck in Lake Elsinore Tuesday afternoon and died has been identified.

Matthew Schrader, 34, of Murrieta succumb to injuries following the crash reported at 12:30 p.m. in the 31800 block of Riverside Drive. He was transported to Inland Valley Medical Center in critical condition and was pronounced dead there a short time later at 1:04 p.m.

According to a sheriff's sergeant, the fatal crash could have been avoided.

"Witnesses stated the truck was turning into a parking lot, near the intersection of Riverside and Joy, when the motorcycle attempted an illegal pass on the right," according to a report from Sgt. Peter Giannakakos of the Lake Elsinore Police Department.

"The motorcycle drove into the side of the truck and skidded to a stop underneath the truck," the sergeant continued. 

The truck driver did not exhibit any signs of intoxication and volunteered a blood sample, the sergeant added.

The Lake Elsinore Police Department is continuing to investigate the crash.



ORIGINAL POST: A motorcyclist and delivery truck crashed in Lake Elsinore Tuesday afternoon, leaving the rider with serious injuries.

The crash was reported at 12:30 p.m. in the 31800 block of Riverside Drive.

According to Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman Jennifer Fuhrman, the injured party was an adult male. He was transported to an area hospital with critical injuries, she said.

Westbound traffic was blocked on Riverside Drive as the crash investigation got underway. According to one motorist who saw the crash aftermath, the wreckage was in westbound lanes. Traffic delays were minor, the motorist reported.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Editor's note: This story was updated at 5:50 p.m. It originally stated the delivery truck was bearing the Smirnoff name.
Community Member January 24, 2014 at 11:51 PM
My deepest sympathy to the family of the young man who lost his life and to the driver of the delivery truck, who must also be going through a tough time.
That Temecula Guy January 25, 2014 at 05:16 AM
Alek is right in that last comment. I ride too, and the truth is, we all know the danger. It's not that we act macho about it, but safety is the trade-off for the free feeling and exhilaration of the ride. I see his point in no "boo-hooing," as insensitive as it is, but I get it: This guy knew the risks, his family did too. Chances are he had at least 2 extremely close calls in his riding career already, and countless close encounters. It sucks that this guy died. Stories like this make me think about not getting back on. If you have a family to take care of, taking that one last ride just isn't worth it. I think Alek is saying, if this guy was "man" enough to suck it up and ignore the danger, why cry about it now? The time to cry about it was when they had a chance to affect it. Now it's just all about accepting the consequence.
Jimmy Dean January 25, 2014 at 09:59 AM
I still think taco bell is real mexican food!
AlwaysPO'd January 25, 2014 at 02:11 PM
@ That Temecula Guy, I think riding safer is the issue here, not eliminating it altogether. Almost every one of these daily tragedies are from reckless riding, as was this one. Riding in this manner shows a selfish side and that's what pisses me off. I don't believe his family knew HOW he rode, just that he did and they really had no say in the manner either. He was going to do what he wanted to. Again, back to being self-absorbed. Folks need to think about what consequences their actions have on others and how they affect their loved ones. Just not only riding but all aspects of life in general.
Randy Riesberg January 26, 2014 at 12:21 PM
Thanks all. The first thing I taught my wife, when learning to ride her own bike, was safety first and mostly to remember that with every action is a reaction. We bikers have to be alert 360 degrees. I too have had my share of "to close for comfort" calls, not only with other vehicles, but also deer, cattle, domestic animals and Mother Nature, but the bottom line is how I reacted to every action placed upon me. I love my bike and my family enough to be rider safe.

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