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Details Released in Deadly Winchester Crash

CHP released information on a crash that claimed the life of a motorcyclist Tuesday in Winchester.

A motorcyclist's bike lay in the intersection of Domenigoni Parkway and State Route 79 on June 10, 2014. Photo courtesy: Lane Media
A motorcyclist's bike lay in the intersection of Domenigoni Parkway and State Route 79 on June 10, 2014. Photo courtesy: Lane Media
A man who died this week in a Winchester motorcycle crash was waiting at a red light when he was stuck by a vehicle from behind and suffered fatal injuries, CHP officials said Wednesday.

California Highway Patrol Spokesman Darren Meyer says the man– whose identity has not been publicly released– was stopped on Domenigoni Parkway at the intersection of State Route 79, waiting to continue driving east, from the Menifee area towards Hemet.

According to Meyer, the crash happened around 11:25 a.m. Tuesday when a gold Nissan Altima driven by Shalandra Broadnax struck the motorcyclist. 

"A car came up from behind him...  [she] failed to see the red light in a reasonable amount of time, and at the last minute saw the red light in front of her… slammed on the breaks and left a bunch of skid marks," Meyer told Patch by telephone Wednesday.

Meyer said at that point, the motorcyclist was struck.

“The motorcyclist was thrown onto the hood of the car... and the motorcyclist sustained major head injuries," he said.

The man was then taken to a Menifee hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Meyer said.

It's not believed that the woman was speeding when she hit the motorcyclist, Meyer added.  Alcohol or drugs were not contributing factors, either.

At this time, no arrests or citations have been made, but CHP still has to do their investigation, he said.

“We will do a full investigation," Meyer told Patch.  "We impounded her vehicle for evidence.  We will do a full mechanical inspection, and we once we do that, we'll send it to the district attorney's office for review and possible prosecution." 

It's CHP's standard operating procedure to do such investigations whenever a death is involved. 

Meyer said that CHP also has the woman's cell phone for evidence to determine if she may have been texting or talking when the crash happened.

Meyer said the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.





The Peacekeeper June 12, 2014 at 11:28 AM
If the final investigation determines the driver was either texting or doing something with her phone other than hands free operation prior to the collision, the DA should be compelled to file manslaughter charges against the driver. Enough of somebody being killed while doing nothing wrong and being at a place in which they were lawfully positioned (red light), while the person causing the death seemingly walks away with no charges pending! I get that the driver will live with this for the rest of her life, etc. However the laws are the laws and we all must be held accountable, particularly if the innocent loses their life!
sad family member June 12, 2014 at 12:15 PM
he was a loved member of my family with four daughters one 8 months old... we are all devastated..
The Peacekeeper June 12, 2014 at 07:55 PM
Well said, LJ! @sad family member, my thoughts, prayers and condolences are extended to you and this gentleman's entire family.
Anonymous June 14, 2014 at 01:34 AM
It's hard to comprehend how a loving, good natured father, friend, & hardworking man was taken by such criminal behavior. To the person that murdered him may you receive a sentencing of 1st degree manslaughter. You used your vehicle as a lethal weapon to smite the life of an innocent person that did absolutely nothing wrong & I am positive that if it had it been a pedestrian standing at a red light. Instead of a motorcycle rider....right now your bail would be set at a million dollars. Your not fooling anyone by saying you tried to brake......if you weren't playing with your radio, phone or whatever it was that you were doing. You would've seen the big black motorcycle in front of u. There's so many more things I could say to you but, I refuse to stoop to your irresponsible, inept, demeanor. May GOD forgive you for shedding innocent blood.
Nancy June 15, 2014 at 11:34 AM
Left flowers at the intersection yesterday. I know it must be a terribly hard day for his children and family... God bless your family may the presence of The Lord surround you with comfort and strength. In Jesus name Amen...


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