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