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Construction Zone Speeding Leads To Deadly Crash, CHP Says

The fatal crash is a reminder to Southwest Riverside County motorists whose freeways are undergoing considerable construction.

The California Highway Patrol has released a news statement about Tuesday morning’s fatal motorcycle crash in Murrieta, and unsafe speed in a construction zone is being blamed for the deadly spill.

The lethal crash occurred at approximately 7:30 a.m. on the southbound 215 Freeway just north of Murrieta Hot Springs Road.

According to a CHP report, a motorcycle rider aboard a black Kawasaki CBR 600 lost control, was run over by a tractor-trailer and died at the scene.

CHP reported that the motorcycle rider, whose identity has not yet been released by authorities, was attempting to overtake slow traffic in the freeway construction area.

The posted speed limit in the construction zone is 55 mph, but the motorcycle rider was traveling at about 65 mph while traffic ahead slowed to 35 mph, according to CHP.

The rider hit the brakes, lost control and was ejected from the bike into the number two lane, underneath the tractor-trailer, according to the CHP.

“The rear axles (of the tractor-trailer) … ran over (the rider) causing fatal injuries,” the CHP reported. 

The tractor-trailer driver was interviewed at the scene and later released.  

As is customary, the crash remains under investigation.

Holly "Annie" Garigliano Fletcher June 14, 2012 at 07:08 PM
I was raised in the state of MD. I have many biker friends and also still own a Harley with my ex-husband. When I arrived in CA 15 years ago and witnessed this lane splitting activity it really shook me up. Due to my exposure to motorcycles and laws governing them I consider myself one of those few drivers that are always on the lookout for bikers. That is where most motorcycle accidents happen. Drivers are not aware enough of motorcyclists and it has only become more dangerous with the use of cell phones. Even I have been spooked by motorcycles blowing passed me going at least 10 mph over the speed limit. These kind of bikers give everyone else a bad rep. I can totally appreciate that motorcycles should be able to lane split during very slow traffic. It not only eases the congestion for the rest of us but makes it safer for them. Someone might get a mirror accidentally clipped but they will survive as opposed to being rear ended by a car or truck. Even helmet laws will not protect a motorcyclist from that. Too many people are in a hurry and too distracted these days. Slow down and be aware of what is going on while driving. The life you save may be your own.
Fred Kempf June 14, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Welll, again thinking lane splitting while going faster than the normal traffic flow is safer than sharing a lane, (practically) is idiotic. This applies to any speed. It is nearly impossible to know a motorcycle, splitting lanes is whizzing past you while in a car. Don't care what speed you're going. Again, also, motorcyclists are relying totally on a driver of a car to practice good defensive driving techniques, while practicing none of their own when splitting lanes and ripping rear view mirrors off of vehicles. This is passing the buck on situations where one is exercising proceedures that put their lives in danger. I don't rely on anyone having good defensive driving techniques, because half of the vehicle drivers don't have any!
Brenda June 15, 2012 at 09:49 AM
He lost control as he was doing 65 in a 55, which is also a construction area. Its WELL KNOWN to all who live in Murrieta and Temecula that this stretch of freeway is not even safe driving safely. You have to be a very experienced careful motorcycle driver to ride the center line between lanes, in rush hour traffic, stop and go, and vehicles changing lanes trying to get ahead of the other one. As much as I am sure he was a wonderful man, husband, son, friend, he was not thinking of that when he chose to drive in such a manner considered wreckless, dangerous, and without the experience and knowledge to know if someone going 55 in front of you slams on their brakes and you are going 65, panic and drop your bike, you are going to die. There are literally thousands of Utube videos of these type motorcycle crashes, and who wants one that goes well over 150mph to drive faster then is legal right?. Everyone read through the archives in the patch, if you don't know how many are seriously injured or dead from car and motorcycle wrecks on our freeway, then read UP. Its a death trap driving on it, even doing everything slowly and within the rules of the road no matter what you are driving. EVERYONE knows THIS, but continue to drive wrecklessly. We lost another motorcycle rider 2 weeks ago, wonder if this man bothered reading that article? I pray this is yet another lesson to drivers in our town, on our freeway, and this man is praying he didnt die in vain.
Brenda June 15, 2012 at 09:52 AM
That is exactly what it is Lynda. A split second someones life is over, a young life because of not thinking for that split second as to what was safe and what wasnt. Its a tragic incident for his family, friends, and wife thinking all is fine when he went off to work.
Brenda June 15, 2012 at 09:57 AM
You are right Faunt. Was heading to the River one weekend, and get this, a Highway patrol officer was cutting thru the middle lane and his windshield hit the arm of a oh probably 14 yr old girl who had it hanging out and literally cut it off to the bone. It happened right in front of us and I didnt even hear him go past me but saw him, his motor was so quiet. To this day I think that could have been one of my daughters he hit. AND A practice Chippy motor bike. So I do not believe anyone out there can do that safely its not possible, and they are always hitting the cars, and some cars like to ride the line just so motorcycles hit them or get mad. I am always petrified I am going to run one over too when he hits the ground :/ and I think I am very safe.
Brenda June 15, 2012 at 09:59 AM
True, and it was my belief they could only ride the middle to pass a car. Not go screaming past in bumper to bumper traffic, and just stay on the middle line. They do not have protection and helmet hitting your head that hard is just as much force as your head hitting the cement wihtout one. I look at it this way, if you buy a crotch rocket that does 165mph its because you want to go fast.
Brenda June 15, 2012 at 10:04 AM
I do not believe that motorcycles sitting in a 45 mph moving lane is more likely going to get hit and killed by a driver behind him, then if he is doing 10 mph over that 45, and splitting lanes, not just using it to change lanes, but staying in it to go well over the flow of fraffic to take advantage of the fact that HE CAN. Driving on his own personal dotted line to get to work at 65 mph, and on time?
Brenda June 15, 2012 at 10:08 AM
You are right Holly, this type of driving and arrogance is and has, and does give good law abiding riders a bad name. Ever since these crotch rockets came out its been a huge controversy, mainly that they belong on a race track and NOT on our roads. We have nightly races up and down Margarita on them, and I just cringe each night waiting to hear that CRASH. They should be outlawed just like they did 3 wheeler dirt bikes some years ago. And there is certainly more deaths from crotch rockets then the 3 wheeler dirt bikes. There is no reason to have something, and drive it that goes that fast. No reason whatsoever unless you want to speed and cut lanes and drive wrecklessly. I have also grown up around both street bikes, and dirt bikes all my life.
Brenda June 15, 2012 at 10:11 AM
Oh i agree Fred. It is idiotic and at any speed and you dont hear them on top of you cause they are going so fast and they sound like a bee buzzing past you. True, the cars should not be held responsible for movng over for a motorcycle, but we dont want to run over that man in the next mile either. :/ I just always hope I see them down the freeway holding a ticket and will never do that again :/
candice June 16, 2012 at 05:02 AM
A Memorial Account has been establish at SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union in Murrieta. Below is the information: Manny Alves Memorial Fund c/o SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union 40428 Murrieta Hot Springs Rd #101 Murrieta, CA 92563 714-258-4000 (Located at Sam's Club Shopping Center off Murrieta Hot Springs Rd & Alta Murrieta Rd)
Brenda June 16, 2012 at 07:06 PM
http://www.ehow.com/way_5949388_do-up-memorial-bank-account_.html Arent Memorial accounts set up for the victims? Pardon my ignorance but I have never seen one set up in a situation like this. Mr. Alves caused the accident and I didnt think anyone else was injured or died correct? And thank God no one else was hurt or killed, that is truly a miracle!
Rhonda June 17, 2012 at 07:40 AM
Cheryl, I just wanted to say my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I came upon your husband's accident 5 minutes after it happened. I said a pray as I passed him for him and his family and another one at my bible study class on Wed. night. My pastor sent me this article cuase he say how much it bothered me. So I just wanted to say I am so sorry for your lose and my prayers are with you.
christina martelli June 17, 2012 at 09:22 PM
The most difficult thing i have ever experienced in my entire life is watching my young daughter suffer the loss of her husband. You cannot imagine the pain she is going through. 10 minutes before this accident she kissed him goodbye as he left for work. How on earth are these biassed opinions benefitting anyone. This man has a name. He has parents, one of which has to spend fathers day preparing for a funeral. A mother who will never get over the loss of her son, and a older brother that has been recalling every precious moment he can but finds himself at the scene picking up the pieces of his little brother.. It amazes me how heartless some people can be. On top of having to prepare for this loss my family has to read these untrue opinions. How unfair to judge someone who cannot defend himself. There was no lane splitting. There was no speeding. The motorcycle is in one piece with only a scratch. Now if he was speeding the motorcycle would have been destroyed. Please stop and poor out your heartfelt condolences and keep your opinions who may as well come out of satans mouth to your damn selves!!!
christina martelli June 17, 2012 at 09:32 PM
My god what are you Brenda? are you human? I feel so sorry for you because you seem to take pleasure at the cost of my son in laws life. Excuse me he did not cause any accident. the accident was between him and the semi truck only. My daughter has to pay and suffer for the rest of her life.. What is wrong with helping a young woman pay for her husbands funeral reguardless what happened. please show some respect for the families and keep your sick opinions to yourself.
christina martelli June 17, 2012 at 09:35 PM
I hope you never lose someone you love. I hope if you do there wont be someone as heartless as you posting comments like you have.
Brenda June 19, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Christina I have lost many loved ones, and alot to motorcycles. Why you have chosen to "pick" on me, I do not know. Most of my comments here do not mention the young man who died, but are generalized about the traffic, vehicle, motorcycle accidents on our stretch of freeway. Perhaps go back and read through the two articles lists of comments. But a question about donations causes you to come unglued on me? I have never seen a "Memorial acct" set up for someone who was not a victim of an accident or crime. Thus my question. At that point in which you and the victims wife decide to get all over me. Everyone here has been making comments since the occurance, and again some in general as are most of mine, and some not. But you chose to go after me when its a question about money, and I do not understand that. I am very human and as I stated above I have had many good friends/relatives die in motorcycle accidents, wrecks, whichever you want to call it. Most of them all were a panic'ing type situation, laid bike down, and them on the pavement, and the results were not good. Head on into the back of a truck, car hitting them, you name it, I have lost someone to it.
Brenda June 19, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Its an article of a occurance in our city, one on our freeway, which I do take interest in because we have so many senseless injuries, serious ones, and deaths. Again, as with your mother, perhaps you needed somewhere to vent, which is understandable, but go back and read all the articles, in some I very much have sympathy for your husband, the incident, and his family, and in others its some of us talking about our freeway issues and accidents that occur due to wreckless driving. I certainly do not write anything derogatory about his death. Again read all posts from both articles, by everyone. Also, I am discussing the ARTICLE, that is what we do here. THE ARTICLE and the police statements in the ARTICLE. Nothing else. Like with all newspapers with an article and comments area it opens up a base for a discussion on a problem in a particular area, like our problematic dangerous drivers, and our horrible freeway structure thru Temecula and Murrieta. I do not recall that anyone said your husband was doing anything illegal at all. However there were discussions on legalities and motorcycle riding. So read them again, and I will say again, God bless your husband and may his death not be in vain and others learn to always drive safe whether in a car or motorcycle. Those pictures alone should make EVERYONE drive by the law, and not wrecklessly.
Brenda June 19, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Cheryl and Christina, the people here and in the other article are discussing the news. An article that involves something that concerns alot of us, the accidents, injuries, and deaths in cars and on motorcycles on our length of freeway. If you both go back and read the comments you will see that. The main point being freeway constuction, wreckless driving, constuction etc. A motorcycle does not have to have more then a scratch on it in an accident, especially the stream lined ones as nothing sticks out to break off, and usually go into a slide. Motorcycles like cars only get destroyed if they hit something. Everyone did give condolences, and I have never seen a family get on here and demand them before, and then say we all have Satan's mouths. Again, I am sorry for your lose, and in a few months maybe come back and re read the comments and see just exactly what we are talking about in the comments area, what the police report and comments say, and the news article, which is what it is for and what is being discussed. Everyone is saddened by yet another death on our freeway.
Paul Andrade June 19, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Thank you Rhonda, my sister appreciates the thoughts and prayers. As the days pass more and more of the community is giving her emotional support.
T 22 June 19, 2012 at 07:12 PM
They are Cheryl. I'm sorry and saddened by people who can't seem to understand how hurtful and ignorant their comments are. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Brenda June 19, 2012 at 09:59 PM
To stop the DRAMA, again and the last time, 1) read the articles, 2)the CHP releases,3) and all the comments. There are so many comments in here that are considered horrible, repeatedly by others, but you do not mention them, or quote them. If you want to continue to tear me apart to feel better, for 3 statements(out of how many positive statements? that you dont quote?) I made that you take out of context then so be it. My statements are comments from the articles, and other peoples and CHP statements. End of discussion, (as I am NOT here to argue with you, or contribute to your anger and drama over news articles, or Chp statements, or the death of Mr. Alves. I also understand that with death brings profound anger and it has to be vented somewhere) and AGAIN, last comment on this from me, Rip Mr. Alves, and I hope others have read this. You did not die in vain, and many others will learn as they read these articles.
Brenda June 19, 2012 at 10:32 PM
As we all are and commented that. I pray for relief from your sadness, and anger, you are all suffering, and that God carries you when you feel you cannot walk another day without your loved one.
Tony June 19, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Cheryl, so sorry for your loss. I am a friend of Josie's and Manuel and knew Manny as a young boy. I simply can't believe it and hope you and all his loved ones find some solace soon... He became a wonderful man and will be missed....
candice June 20, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Brenda, I think it is time that you stop responding to this article, and any other article related to it. You obviously feel the need to make yourself feel better regarding your negative comments that were written out of ignorance because you didn't know, or have access to the correct information. The family and friends of Manny are suffering. Please have respect for them, which can be recognized by you not having anymore comments. You are only making yourself look heartless by sparking more hurt and anguish over what you say. You are entitled to your opinion, but please stop expressing it here on these related articles.
Fred Kempf June 20, 2012 at 03:03 AM
I agree with everything Brenda has said! The rest of you have turned this comment line into a memorial service and bereavement center with personal attacks, and have missed the point entirely on highway/street motorcycles and safety, and our current laws regardeing them. Also the point that riding motorcycles on our freeways is about the most dangerous mode of transportation you can think of, I don't care who is at fault, and I don't care who is riding the motorcycle, including CHP!. They should be banned from all freeways in metropolitan areas, just like bicycles are. That would eliminate the problem, (at least on Interstate Highways), altogether.
Tony June 20, 2012 at 01:23 PM
I think our current laws are just fine as they are.
shifty909 June 23, 2012 at 12:26 AM
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Val June 25, 2012 at 04:49 AM
Not sure how the DMV is at fault. People speed in cars, trucks, and yes motorcycles. I'm afraid sir, you make zero sense.
Fred Kempf June 25, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Val, I'm afraid sir you missed the whole point of my comment. You also have completely misrepresented what my comment was. I recommend you go back to school and take a course in reading comprehension.
Kim Hillis July 17, 2012 at 05:19 AM
I don't understand why they don't make a motorcycle only lane. It wouldn't take up much room and would be a lot safer for them. I believe people that would never get a motorcycle are getting them because, of the price of gas. We are being forced to get them in this crappy economy!

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