A 29-year-old motorcyclist from Murrieta was killed because he drove a Suzuki Samurai motorcycle into the back of a stopped car on Route 74 -- the Ortega Highway -- the Orange County Coroner's Office said today.
The motorcyclist was identified as Travis Tucker, according to the coroner.
The crash on the westbound highway, about 14 miles east of Interstate 5, was at 12:18 p.m. Saturday, according to a department statement.
Tucker's motorcycle hit the rear of a 2006 Honda Element that had stopped in heavy traffic on the mountain road. The Honda's driver, a 54-year- old Capistrano Beach woman, was not hurt or cited, CHP officers said.
Paramedics rushed Tucker to Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center in Mission Viejo, where he was pronounced dead at 3:03 p.m. Saturday.
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