Updated: Fatal Accident Shuts Down 215

The accident took place at 7:33 a.m. near the Murrieta Hot Springs exit.

Update, 1:15 p.m.: The motorcyclist, a man in his late 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene, Murrieta Fire Department spokesman Matt Corelli said. Corelli added that it was unclear how many people were involved, but no other injuries were reported. - City News Service

UPDATE, 10:50 a.m.: All lanes appear to be open, with emergency crews no longer on the scene. According to reports, the motorcyclist involved in the crash is the fatality.

A crash at 7:33 a.m. involving four vehicles and a motorcyclist has shut down the southbound 215.

There has been at least one fatality. According to the Southwest Riverside News Network, the four vehicles were all in the number one lane behind the motorcycle, and rear-ended each other.

The accident occurred close to the Murrieta Hot Springs Road exit. Traffic is being diverted off Murrieta Hot Springs Road, and a SigAlert was issued for the next few hours.

Check back with Murrieta Patch for more details as they become available.

Gina June 12, 2012 at 05:53 PM
So very sad! Praying for the family of the rider, as they undoubtably will be facing very difficult days ahead. I pray that in the wake of so many tragic and senseless fatalities on the 15 and 215 freeways through Murrietta and Temecula, that people will slow down, stop texting, talking on the phone, etc. and focus on making safe driving a priority. We all deserve to make it to our destinations safely!
kristin c June 12, 2012 at 06:06 PM
I agree this is so sad and unnecessary. People are in such a huge hurry all the time. I see tailgaters, people that cut people off and so many people on their phones or texting. Vehicles are dangerous and can kill if not operated properly. People take all kinds of precaution when using other machines with the potential to cause harm so why be so reckless with a car?
Lisa June 12, 2012 at 06:20 PM
If that is a photo of the deceased covered, it is unnecessary and heartbreaking. We know someone was killed. No need to post a picture of it.
sandy wood June 12, 2012 at 06:27 PM
oh my gosh.. so tragic.. sending prayers for all involved
Gigi June 12, 2012 at 07:27 PM
I agree. Very sad....RIP
Debbie Schwab June 12, 2012 at 08:03 PM
AMEN. Pictures of the deceased were written in VERY POOR TASTE! Shame on you photographer!
John Kirk De Ritis June 12, 2012 at 08:20 PM
It's funny any other on going construction cal trans puts out CHP officers at the beginning and end of the construction work not here not at kalmia not at Clinton Keith areas. Maybe the fine police department we have could have helped to maintain speed through these construction areas This 215/15 split is very dangerous So is Winchester off ramp Idiots surround you Beware and slow down
Just Sayin' June 12, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Chp has similar pictures up.
kristin c June 12, 2012 at 09:50 PM
It appears speed wasn't the issue. 4 cars plowed into a motorcycle. People weren't paying attention. Do you notice though that 99% of these accidents are within this corridor between Scott rd and Winchester? I just hope that widening these lanes helps with the flow of traffic. Maybe someday the Winchester off ramp situation will be dealt with.
Gina June 12, 2012 at 10:07 PM
I don't think putting the picture of the deceased on was wrong... in fact, maybe it might make people see someone actually died today.
T 22 June 12, 2012 at 10:15 PM
I can't remember which paper posted that the motorcycle was speeding through the construction zone, lost control and was thrown from his bike. I think it was LE Wildomar Patch. You can read the details, I'd rather not repeat. It's always sad when someone is lost.
Just Sayin' June 12, 2012 at 10:46 PM
The rear tire skid mark from the motorcycle was behind all the cars. The rider hit the brakes hard coming up behind the cars then lost control.
C Christianson June 12, 2012 at 11:20 PM
It's a privilege not a right to cut traffic, riding like an idiot can and will get you killed. How about we not put it on the "fine police officers" shoulders to babysit us and POLICE OURSELVES!!! Making the 215 corridor safer takes time. Accidents are just that, accidents.
linda June 12, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Splitting lane is a right by law. Cars need to be more considerate and look twice for motorcycles. Where do you stand on courtesy? Is it your right or a privilege to be; a bully, mean, and rude?
C Christianson June 12, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Lane splitting is permissible by law, but must be done safely and in a prudent manner. It is not a right!! It is up to the motorcyclist to be safe. Riding 65 splitting lanes while traffic is doing 35 is just plain dumb. Most people can't recognize a black bike splitting lanes that fast. Although I've been riding all of my adult life, I feel it is just one more unneccesary responsibility I have to put on other motorists to watch for me.
T. Young June 13, 2012 at 01:42 AM
The pictures of the covered up deceased body were absolutely unnecessary to the reporting of this story! What is this world coming to when we feel the need to sensationalize everything? For what? If it were my father or brother or son, I would be outraged at the lack of moral decency and I think most of you would to! Disgusting!!
Mr. Logical June 13, 2012 at 02:13 AM
The picture of the covered man is the sad reality of this tragedy. There are too many people dying every week on our local streets and freeways. We all need to slow down and watch out for each other.
Angie June 13, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Ok, so you are saying if there are no CHP officers or vehicles present, you are not obligated to obey the signs? Please tell me a responsible adult is not saying that! But I will agree with you on one point, idiots do surround us.
Elisa June 13, 2012 at 04:12 AM
Very sad passed this accident this morning with my three kids and they are still upset about it. Prayers are with the family at this difficult time.
candice June 13, 2012 at 04:51 AM
I knew the rider. It is so upsetting to see photos of his covered body on the highway. It brings tears to my eyes....How inappropriate to post these types of photos
Shawn Sorensen June 13, 2012 at 06:40 AM
Candice, I'm so sorry that someone you know will not wake up to see tomorrow. What a tragic passing for him and tragedy for all those involved. I passed the accident and saw him, his motorcycle and the four crashed cars. It is a picture burned into my mind that I wish could be erased! I burst into tears and it is still affecting me now. I pray for peace for all involved. Drive careful friends and neighbors.
lovemyfamily June 13, 2012 at 07:16 AM
I can' t believe the comments some people are posting... what is wrong with you people? Someone lost their life and you are not the one to be judging how HE lost it. Stop, and have some sympathy. There is a family mourning for their love one have some respect. When I read about this incident my heart broke into a million pieces. I just kept thinking about all the details they give in these news and my stomach just turned. It is such a tragedy. My prayers go out to his loved ones. God bless him. I also pray that his family finds the strength that they will need.
John Kirk De Ritis June 13, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Obviously with the amounts of fatalities and accidents in this construction corridor policing ourselves I agree about 88% of us do but it's the other 22% of the morons that get us into accidents . Lane splitting should be against the law in a construction zone .
John Lee June 13, 2012 at 07:11 PM
i was in the four car crash the other day it was a very tragic incident to see a man lying there lifeless really woke me up i am still shocked over it and to just think that could of been me or my brother lying there thank god i had my seat belt on
Paul June 14, 2012 at 07:20 AM
Drivers tend to drive too closed to the vehicles ahead of them. 55 mph = 80 feet per second. 65 mph = 95 feet per second. 75 mph = 110 feet per second.. If you are going this fast with only 30 to 50 feet behind another car and suddenly the cars ahead are going a lot slower you are likly going going to crash. Reaction IF you are already paying attention is about one-half second to start applying the brakes. Drive safely!
Enrique A June 16, 2012 at 12:29 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) Thank you


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