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Murrieta Man ID'd As Victim in Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Lake Elsinore

Matthew Schrader, 34, of Murrieta succumbed to injuries following the crash with a delivery truck that was reported at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 31800 block of Riverside Drive.

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A Murrieta resident died Tuesday as a result of wreck in Lake Elsinore involving a motorcycle and a delivery truck.

The motorcyclist, Matthew Schrader, 34, of Murrieta succumbed to injuries following the crash that was reported at 12:30 p.m. in the 31800 block of Riverside Drive. He was transported to Inland Valley Medical Center in critical condition and was pronounced dead there a short time later at 1:04 p.m., according to coroner’s officials.

According to a sheriff's sergeant, the fatal crash could have been avoided.

"Witnesses stated the truck was turning into a parking lot, near the intersection of Riverside and Joy, when the motorcycle attempted an illegal pass on the right," according to a report from Sgt. Peter Giannakakos of the Lake Elsinore Police Department.

"The motorcycle drove into the side of the truck and skidded to a stop underneath the truck," the sergeant continued.

The truck driver did not exhibit any signs of intoxication and volunteered a blood sample, the sergeant added.

Westbound traffic was blocked on Riverside Drive as the crash investigation got underway. According to one motorist who saw the crash aftermath, the wreckage was in westbound lanes.

The Lake Elsinore Police Department is continuing to investigate the crash.

—By Toni McAllister
Brenda January 22, 2014 at 03:30 AM
Very sad for this young man and his family. Every "accident" and yes I hate that word too, because its always someones fault, could be prevented by simple rules of the road. Obey the laws, do not do anything to try and get a car or two ahead cause you really are not going to get where you are going any faster. Always be aware of what is going on around you, be a courteous but yet defensive driver and just maybe we can cut down on these wrecks, injuries, fatalities.
ChrisG January 22, 2014 at 08:27 AM
Very sad indeed!
southernbelle January 22, 2014 at 12:36 PM
Is it just me or do you guys feel like there's been a large increase lately of "road" deaths? I don't know, maybe I'm just hearing it more than I used to but seems like we've really had a lot lately. so sad.
Alek J Hidell January 25, 2014 at 02:17 PM
Riding a road bike in Southwest Riverside County is nothing less than a death wish for thrillseekers. The cheapest Kia has 10 times the protection of any motorcycle. You need that here. My advice is to keep them offroad...
Brenda January 25, 2014 at 04:06 PM
Southern there have been more, many more seriously injured and killed on our City streets then any on the freeways. It used to be the freeways but oh the last 2 years its been a weekly or more occurance right at our front doors. Police have been doing groups of units at certain intersections to ticket as many violators as possible. All for speeding, failure to stop at red lights and stop signs, illegal u-turns, etc. etc. Even one day at two of the high school in the morning they ticketed 95est. In a 2 and a half hour period. Why? Because crazy parents are stopping in the middle of streets yelling "Johnny" run over here, get in, HURRY", or having Johnny jwalk to the other side because she is parked in the red there, or she is stopped at a left harnd turn lane and he crosses on a red to the middle of the street to get in the car. ITS HORRIBlE if you have or have had children at our high schools and see the stunts some of these parents pull, and the kids with new drivers licenses. Then we have the big suv's plowing through signal lights ramming right into 24 yr old marines, and running them over with no chance of survival, or 29 yr old young ladies who are a school teacher, teaches Sunday school, works, and goes to college who gets run off the road by a big white truck, or the grandparents killed by a man set to hit cars in Kmart, hit cars coming out of Kmart, and continue on the freeway overramp and slam into them after running two red lights at a fast rate of speed, and the list could go on and on. Southern our streets are horrible because our drivers do not give a crap if they hit someone, seriously injure them, or kill them. And why dont they care? Because the lady in the SUV with her little daughter mind you, got her license suspended is all. For speeding, not stopping at the red light, killing a man, that is all she got, a nd even that was kept quiet quiet cause she seemed known around town in some capacity. Our DUI drivers who are taken in, and those who kill people on the way do not get enough of a sentence, and the people who kill others at the end of violating a traffic law need to SERVE SOME TIME. If I was that "Lady" I would not have been happy until I WENT TO JAIL, because that young mans murder would have been MY FAULT, and that is the bottom line. But killing someone while breaking a traffic law is a free ride, as in "it doesnt count". It all just makes me sick, then add in the innocent people out walking, riding bikes, motorcycles, (if they are obeying laws), skateboards, jogging, etc. and get run over by the same people who are so uninterested in paying attention to anyone around them while they drive they plow right over them! We are lucky if they even get the ticket for running the light, or being on their cell phone, or like one girl who ran over a car, and killed the man about 2 months ago out near wine country, "she was looking at her GPS" for godsake, was speeding and ran a red light. PUT HER IN JAIL AND MAKE IT FOR A min of 10 years.
southernbelle January 26, 2014 at 01:29 PM
I can see you're very passionate and upset about the carelessness of drivers here--I almost felt your heart beating faster as I read along. DO you/have you considered attending city council meetings? You'd be a strong voice for your side of the argument. Sounds like you have a knack for remembering details and statistics too. I feel like we've been reading about a lot more deaths. ALso, I personally think a huge part in this is the overall frustration of people in traffic. There are particular "triggers" among our roadways in this area where people get very aggressive and defensive because we all know someone IS going to put us in danger so they can have what they perceive as a "better advantage" in some way or another (closer to end of exit, getting that last run of a light to not wait through another sequence, not wait in a line because they are above waiting, etc.) People are just fed up, frustrated, tired, grouchy, defensive, easily offended, self exalting, rude…just about life I think, and it all comes out in their cars and in internet forums (hehehehe) Anyway, I didn't mean to derail the thread…my sincere condolences to the family here. blessings
ChrisG January 26, 2014 at 01:33 PM
Agree, traffic light synchronization and heavy general traffic enforcement will do this valley wonders. Re-education is needed. Heavy traffic plus soft enforcement is a recipe for disaster.

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