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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.

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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