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Motorcyclist Dies in Crash on the Crest

Cause of the accident not immediately known.

A 38-year old motorcyclist was involved in a solo accident on Angeles Crest Highway and died of his injuries, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The male rider was flown to Huntington Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead, said Chris Cracraft of the CHP.

The crash happened around 11:22 a.m. at mile marker 27.65. Officials have yet to release the cause of the collision, but are expected to do so shortly, Cracraft said.

No other information was available.

Barbara Ellis September 23, 2012 at 05:09 AM
I saw the helicopter at the Huntington and wondered if it was bringing someone in from a road accident. My condolences to his family. That stretch of the Crest has seen a lot of deaths and serious accidents in the last half year. There are flower tributes in various places. It's a dangerous place for a weekend outing.
Joe Citizen LCF September 23, 2012 at 04:56 PM
So many deaths on ACH. Why? Is someone working on finding out why this newly constructed highway has had so many deaths compared to the old highway? Why are not people up in arms? It is the State of California's responsibility to protect its citizens. Repeated deaths of motorcyclists is not acceptable. Close the highway until there is a solution. Local traffic only.
Joe CITIZEN September 23, 2012 at 05:01 PM
So many deaths on ACH. Why? Is someone working on finding out why this newly constructed highway has had so many deaths compared to the old highway? Why are not people up in arms? It is the State of California's responsibility to protect its citizens. Repeated deaths of motorcyclists is not acceptable. Close the highway until there is a solution. Local traffic only.
B. Allen September 23, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Why???? It's not the highways fault....I know motorcyclist who like to go up there because the raod is a challenge! More enforcement is needed but funds are probably not available!
Gregg September 23, 2012 at 06:38 PM
I tend to believe it may be inexperience of the motorcyclist him/herself. I do not see why/how its the state of CA fault @ all. I have lived up here since 1984. Hwy 2 motorcycle deaths are nothing new
wendy p September 23, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Why punish all for the lack of ability and or brains of a few? We don't just crash for no reason and the road is not to blame. I ride it all the time with no problems. My advice to all is respect the road and it wont kill you.
Gregg September 23, 2012 at 06:42 PM
The amount of time that Hwy 2 was closed after the fire, I would have to believe they also used that time to catch up on long overdue projects to make the road safer. New signs,guard rails,asphalt,striping,reflectors, etc...................
R Terry September 23, 2012 at 08:30 PM
I'm thinking this comment of yours is meant to be a joke. You could not be this ignorant. Anyone who drives up there has seen plenty of motorcyclists who are just pushing their motorcycles too close to the limits and beyond their own riding abilities. If there is actually a higher rate of accidents now, it is likely because the surface conditions are so much better that these people feel they can increase their speed beyond what they had done previously. Remember, the Darwin Principle is always at play....
Carl September 23, 2012 at 09:28 PM
The cause of the accidents is clear: riders / drivers pushing beyond their personal limits and/or not allowing margin for the unknowns that lie around the next corner. I take my sports car up there frequently and work to my own limits. That means sometimes I pass folks of sports bikes and sometimes I pull over to let pickups pass me. If you let your ego take over your brain you are in for a fall.
Joe Citizen LCF September 23, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Well those are all nice comments but it does not take away from the fact that there are deaths on that highway all the time. Don't you think a solution is needed?
Thomas Dodge September 24, 2012 at 04:41 AM
I learned how to drive on Angeles Crest Highway. I have seen a lot of accidents too. But it is still a dangerous place to drive if you arent careful. You just have to give this road a lot of respect. I still love driving up there.
James T Harris September 24, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Are you serious? If you don't like the conditions, don't use the road. Closing the road to local traffic only prohibits virtually everyone from traversing this highway. The better a road looks, the faster traffic will go. I can't be certain but I think the victim passed me nearer to Wrightwood that morning. I was cruising at a comfortable speed for me and was passed by several sport bikes traveling faster than they should for the prevailing conditions. Too many places along that road have rocks, sand and dirt from the mountainsides on the pavement. I don't understand why anyone would speed under those conditions, but there will be one less doing it now.
James T Harris September 24, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Don't drive it if you don't like it!!!
Brian September 24, 2012 at 11:50 PM
IT IS NOT the responsibility of the State to protect you from your careless behavior. Rather, it is YOUR responsibility to take care of yourself. And NO, the ACH will not be closed because a nanny-state advocate thinks the State should coddle and protect 'its citizens' from themselves. Turn off your television set and learn to think for yourself. Knives and forks are dangerous, so are cars, jet aircraft, race cars, junk food, booze, prescription drugs and many others. Perhaps you need a job in Sacramento working along side Portantino.
Gregg September 24, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Well when the war on drugs is won we will figure hwy 2 safety procedures.
Gregg September 24, 2012 at 11:58 PM
When the war on drugs is won safety will be next priority on hwy 2.
Denise September 25, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Dear Joe Citizen, You cant possibly be that naive to think that the highway has anything to do with these accidents & deaths. You cant be naive enough to think that the authorities can control how a person chooses to drive/ride. Does anyone police how you drive (only in they notice you did something wrong) or decide to live your life? No-of course not. We are all on our own to decide how to we drive/ride. I am just baffled that you believe that there is something that can be done....short of banning any form of transportation....so no one ever dies as a result of it. Bottom line-accidents happen, but can be avoided by how we drive & by being cautious.
detrich September 25, 2012 at 04:11 AM
RIP fellow rider. =( Please operate motor vehicles safely, considerately, and responsibly in the Crest everyone. Frequent accidents are occurring, because people simply aren't being careful enough- not because the road should be made private only to selfish, greedy locals who want it only for themselves.

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