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Marine Injured When Motorbike Crashes On Ortega Highway

The incident was reported to California Highway Patrol at 4:28 p.m.

UPDATE 5:49 p.m.:

A Camp Pendleton Marine suffered serious injuries Saturday when his motorbike crashed on the Ortega Highway -- in an area known as the "Carousel" -- and both he and the bike went off the road, the CHP reported.

The crash, that also involved a Toyota Camry driven by a 41-year-old Lake Elsinore resident, shut down the highway in both directions for about 30 minutes. At press time, eastbound traffic remained backed up for about a mile.

California Highway Patrol Officer Brian Keene told Patch at the scene that the motorcyclist was heading west -- uphill -- on the Ortega at about 4:30 p.m.

The Camry was heading east -- downhill -- when the bike drifted into the eastbound lane and struck the Camry's front end, knocking the rider off the bike and the bike off the road, Keene told Patch.

The Marine, who had active duty friends out riding with him, was taken to Inland Valley Medical Center, Keene said.



The Ortega Highway is closed in both directions Saturday due to a injury crash involving one motorcycle 30 feet over the side.

The crash was reported at approximately 4:30 p.m. near Dead Man's Curve, about 2 miles up from Grand Avenue.

Unconfirmed reports state the crash involves multiple vehicles, but according to Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman Melody Hendrickson, only one motorcycle is confirmed over the side.

Hendrickson said the roadway will be closed for an undetermined amount of time. --Daniel Lane contributed to this report.

More updates to follow …

cynthia sanchez July 01, 2012 at 04:33 AM
Hope the marine is okay! I hate driving through the Ortegas.....its just to dangerous. I'd rathe drive all the way around & hit the toll roads for safety reasons.
Carol July 01, 2012 at 05:09 AM
When are people going to realize it's not the road, but the drivers that think this is some sort of raceway? I drive the Ortega every day to work and home Monday through Friday and there's always one person that thinks they should be able to go faster than the rest of the motorists. Respect the road and pay attention to the curves people!!!! Look at the arrows on the edge of the road and see how many vehicles are still over the side from accidents that weren't removed because they're too far down the hill. How many more will die on this road due to lack of paying attention and thinking "It will never happen to me"?
Teller of Truth July 01, 2012 at 05:30 AM
Must be nice to be able to pay for the extra gas & tolls!
Teller of Truth July 01, 2012 at 05:32 AM
I agree with you Carol. Roads don't kill people, bad drivers do!
cliff russell July 01, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Amen Carol! I hope the marine is ok. But it's not the roads, it's the drivers... Be careful and pay attention and slow down!!!
Tell it like it is July 01, 2012 at 07:20 PM
How do you "drift" to the opposing lane, if you have control of your motorcycle? This rider I'm sure had no control, and was probably just like every other impatient motorcycle rider. He probably got behind a slower vehicle while in a curve, saw an opening and decided to pass while in the curve, crossing double yellows and got nailed. He's probably not licensed properly, I'd be willing to bet. It's not the road people. It's irresponsible people like this guy who make poor decisions.
cynthia sanchez July 01, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Well said Carol. @ teller of truth. I dont drive the Ortegas very often but whenn my daughter has tournmnts in that area the safety of my kids come first. Im a safe drive. Its the other people out there that like to speed through the ortegas that worry me.
Cat July 01, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Sometimes when motorcycle operators hit a patch of gravel, oil, water or other unforseen objects in the road, they can & quite often do, lose control. Its not like riding in a car, especially on turns. We don't really know if he was trying to pass or not. Why are you willing to bet that he's not licensed properly? I know that all military bases require all licensing as well as protective gear. You don't really know if this Marine is an irresponsible guy that makes poor decisions.Just sayin............
really? July 01, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Really? Cat Ford you're right on! How can all these people predict the mind and motive of a motorcycle rider and what led to an error in judgement? Just because he was on a motorcycle and in an accident does not mean you can pigeon hole and stereotype him into an unsafe speed racer without regard for safety or respect for the road.
Eliz July 01, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Respect - for the road and the riders - it is just that simple. I so enjoy the drive and have done so on cycle and in auto. Some travel the Ortega more frequently and have a better feel for the road which may lead to an increase in their risks (or speed). But we can never anticipate the other drivers or hazards that may arise. Living just below the Ortega - we see many cars and cycles being hoisted from the side - it is a sad sight, every time.
Austin French July 03, 2012 at 05:48 AM
He was not impatient, He wasn't behind any vehicles whatsoever, wasn't passing and was not being impatient or irresponsible. He is in fact licensed properly. Also his speed was not more than 40 MPH. I'd suggest thinking about your statements there "Tell it like it is". It's stereotypical statements like that, that have caused racial issues and many other issues throughout the past and present. Unless you were there, don't make assumptions. Because everyone knows what they say about ass-umptions...
Mr.A July 03, 2012 at 06:34 AM
Hope he's ok, And yes respect for the riders and drivers but at the same time We All have to respect the roads, signs and speed limits. Wether he was speeding or if it was a simple accident if you ride or drive at speed limit u have more time to see the road ahead of you and any dangers ahead of you than if your're just flying down the road.. just sayin'
Mother of injured July 03, 2012 at 07:14 PM
How easy it is for you to assume that he was impatient! The vehicle behind him was impatient and was driving too close to him which when he tried to pull off the road he hit a pothole. SHAME on you for making your assumptions!! Yes, he is licensed properly and yes he was using extreme caution! I pray that one day it is not you that receives a call that your family member was in any type of acciednt!!!
Laura Baldwin October 24, 2012 at 07:19 PM
I also commute Mon through Fri. and agree with you. Also I am looking for someone to commute with,. Interested? Contact Laura at llbaldwin45@yahoo.com


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