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UPDATED: Victim Identified in Fatal Crash on Angeles Crest Highway

Male motorcyclist pronounced dead from reported heart attack. It is still unclear if the heart attack caused the accident.

UPDATED, 7:56 p.m.: The California Highway Patrol released the name of the man who reportedly died from a heart attack and was involved in a crash on Angeles Crest Highway earlier Sunday.

Richard Shumway, 71, from Yorba Linda, was riding his 1978 Yamaha motorcycle near Dawson Saddle when, for unknown reasons, allowed his motorcycle to drift to the right shoulder, lost control of his bike and collided with a guard rail, officials said. The crash is still being investigated.

PREVIOUSLY: A fatality crash forced a portion of Angeles Crest Highway to be shut down Sunday after a motorcyclist struck a portion of guardrail.

The rider was pronounced dead at the scene and suffered an apparent heart attack, officials said. It is unclear if the rider suffered a heart attack and then crashed, or if the medical episode resulted from the accident, said an officer at the California Highway Patrol.

The accident was reported at 12:08 p.m. near mile marker 69, according to the CHP. Los Angeles County fire fighters arrived around 12:46 p.m. and shut down the freeway. A rescue helicopter arrived to transport the patient, but he was pronounced dead shortly after.

The name of the rider has not been released.

Brian DeNike June 24, 2012 at 11:30 PM
I am sad to say I was 3rd on the scene at this incident. Although basic CPR was attempted, it was clear to me that the victim was deceased already. Another fellow biker gone. My thoughts go out to his family.
Mick Davies June 25, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Is this the second fatality this weekend???
Natalie June 25, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Dawson Saddle is closer to Wrightwood than La Canada yet we saw lots of firetrucks and paramedics heading up there from La Canada. It must take them a long time to reach Dawson Saddle (63 miles), whereas it would have been a lot quicker from Wrightwood. Is there an issue with Wrightwood being in San Bernardino County? I guess in this case it wouldn't have made a difference, as he may have already been dead from a heart attack. My condolences to the deceased's family.
Stephanie L June 25, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Thank you to everyone for their condolences. Richard was my neighbor, a very nice man, and an animal lover who really enjoyed riding his bike.
Brian DeNike June 25, 2012 at 05:55 PM
@ Natalie: I did see an ambulance and firetruck coming from Wrightwood as I was heading there to get help
detrich June 25, 2012 at 05:58 PM
RIP fellow rider... :( Please ride safely everyone.
aurora shumway June 26, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Thank u everybody that was out there to help my husband and epecially susie brown .... I just cant believe this happening and im just greatful that i have family and friends to help though this difficult time..... Again thank you for support.... I will let u know when the services will be held
mia July 04, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Sevices for Richard shumway will be held at todd memorial chapel in pomona Monday July 9 @ 630 pm ....from the shumway family
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