ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST >> Authorities have released the identity of a 72-year-old South Carolina man who died in a collision with a Jeep along Angeles Crest Highway in the forest north of Altadena over the weekend.
Richard Bucci died at following Sunday’s 1:45 p.m. crash near mile marker 46 of Angeles Crest Highway, deep in the Angeles National Forest, just south of Mount Mooney Road, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner officials said.
A 52-year-old Covina woman and a 53-year-old Walnut man suffered injuries in the collision between their 2006 Jeep SUV and Bucci’s 2011 BMW motorcycle, Officer A. McAllister of the California Highway Patrols’s Altadena area office said in a written statement.
Bucci was riding east along Angeles Crest Highway just prior to the crash, McAllister said. The Jeep, being driven by the Covina woman with the Walnut man riding as a passenger, was westbound. Conditions were clear, cool and dry.
“As both vehicles approached each other, the motorcycle crossed into the westbound lane and struck the (Jeep),” the officer said.
Paramedics pronounced Bucci dead at the scene, officials said.
The driver and passenger from the Jeep were treated for injuries described as moderate, McAllister said.
An autopsy found that Bucci died from “multiple blunt trauma,” and the death was ruled accidental.
The cause of the collision remained under investigation. No arrests were made.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer McAllister at the CHP’s Altadena area office at 626-296-8100.
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ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST >> A man died and two other people suffered serious injuries in a crash between a motorcycle and a car Sunday afternoon on Angeles Crest Highway, deep in the Angeles National Forest north of Altadena, authorities said.
The collision was reported about 1:45 p.m. near mile marker 46.35 of the winding mountain road, on the forest road just south of Mount Mooney Road, California Highway Patrol Officer Alex Rubio said.
A man died at the scene of the crash, Rubio said.
Two other patients were flown to a hospital by helicopter for treatment, sheriff’s officials said. Their conditions were not clear, and officials could not immediately confirm initial reports that the two injured patients had been riding in the car that collided with the motorcycle.
The CHP issued a Sig Alert affecting both directions of Angeles Crest highway through the late afternoon, logs show.
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PASADENA >> Authorities Friday identified a 22-year-old Pasadena man who died in motorcycle crash on the 210 Freeway Thursday afternoon.
Isaias Vargas Jr. died in the collision, which took place about 4:35 p.m. on the westbound 210 Freeway at Sierra Madre Villa Avenue, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Assistant Chief of Operation Ed Winter said.
Vargas was riding a 2014 Yamaha R6, between the carpool and fast lanes, and had just passed another car, prior to the crash, California Highway Patrol officials said in a written statement.
“(Vargas) centered in the HOV lane and drove into the rear of a 2003 Dodge pickup that was slowing (and) stopping int he HOV lane due to traffic ahead,” according to the statement.
He succumbed to his injuries at the scene, Winter said.
A man, woman and three children from Lancaster riding inside the Dodge pickup truck suffered no injuries, according to CHP and Pasadena Fire Department officials.
PASADENA >> A motorcyclist died in a crash on the 210 Freeway in Pasadena amid rush-hour traffic Thursday afternoon, officials said.
The motorcyclist, described as a Pasadena man in his early-20s, died at the scene, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
The crash was first reported at 4:41 p.m. in the westbound lanes of the 210 Freeway near Sierra Madre Villa Avenue, California Highway Patrol officer Peter Bishop said.
The crash involved the motorcycle and a truck, Derderian said. Five people inside the truck were unhurt.
Further details were not immediately available.
The CHP issued a Sig Alert for the carpool and left-hand lanes of the westbound 210 Freeway that was expected to remain in effect past 8 p.m.
COVINA >> A 21-year-old Covina man died Thursday after his motorcycle collided with a Covina Department of Public Works pickup truck, authorities said.
The crash took place at 2:04 p.m. on San Bernardino Road at Prospero Drive, Covina police Sgt. Gregg Peterson said.
Paramedics pronounced the motorcyclist dead at the scene, he said. His name was not available.
California Highway Patrol officers were summoned to handle the investigation to avoid any perceived conflict of interest, since the fatal collision involved a city-owned truck and city employee, Peterson explained.
The motorcyclist was heading east on San Bernardino Road at an “undetermined speed” in the left-hand lane on a 2011 Harley-Davidson Sportster just prior to the crash, CHP Officer Rodrigo Jimenez said. A 2014 Ford F-250 truck being driven by a 54-year-old Covina man and city employee was heading north on Prospero Drive, approaching San Bernardino Road, at 5 to 10 miles per hour, Jimenez said in a written statement.
“The public works truck entered the intersection, directly in the path of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle,” the officer said. “The Harley-Davidson motorcycle collided with the left side of the truck, causing the rider to be thrown off the motorcycle.”
The cause of the crash remained under investigation, though intoxicated driving did not initially appear to be a factor, Jimenez said.
The driver of the truck was unhurt and cooperated with investigators, Peterson said.
Officials shut down both directions of San Bernardino Road between Grand and Barranca Avenues for several hours as they carried out their investigation Thursday afternoon.
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WEST COVINA >> A man died after his motorcycle collided with an SUV in a residential neighborhood in West Covina late Saturday, officials said.
The fatal crash took place just after 8:30 p.m. in the 1600 block of East Vine Street, West Covina police Lt. Dennis Patton said.
The identity of the motorcyclist, described as a man in his 20, was not available Sunday morning. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.
Initial investigation indicated the SUV made a turn into a residential driveway when the motorcycle collided with the passenger side, Patton said.
The cause of the crash remained under investigation, he said. The driver of the SUV cooperated with police, and there were no overt signs of intoxication.
Witnesses or anyone with information can reach the West Covina Police Department at 626-939-8500, or the department’s 24-hour voicemail tip line at 626-939-8668.
PASADENA >> Coroner’s officials Friday released the identities of a Monrovia man and Los Angeles woman who died after their motorcycle collided with ah car in Pasadena last week.
Motorcyclist Kirk Allan Mirkamali, 24, and passenger Darling Elizabeth Avila, 26, died at a hospital following the Oct. 2 crash at Lake Avenue and Union Street, Lt. R. Hayes of the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner said.
Mirkamali was described as a Monrovia resident, officials said. A city of residence for Avila was not listed at the coroner’s office, however police said she was from Los Angeles.
The man and woman were south on Lake Avenue on a motorcycle when the cycle collided in the intersection with a Mini Cooper making a left turn from northbound Lake Avenue onto westbound Union Street, Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Carrillo said.
A 27-year-old Pasadena woman driving the Mini Cooper suffered no significant injuries, officials said.
The cause of the crash was under investigation by Pasadena police.
PASADENA >> A man and woman died Friday night after the motorcycle they were riding collided with a compact car along Lake Avenue in Pasadena, police said.
The motorcyclist, a 24-year-old Monrovia man, and his passenger, a 26-year-old Los Angeles woman, succumbed to their injuries at a hospital shortly after the 8 p.m. at Lake Avenue and Union Street, Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Carrillo said.
The motorcycle was heading south on Lake Avenue prior to the crash, the lieutenant said. A Mini Cooper driven by a 27-year-old Pasadena man was in the process of making a left turn from northbound Lake Avenue onto westbound Union Street.
The car and motorcycle collided in the intersection, Carrillo said.
Paramedics took the badly injured man and woman to Huntington Hospital, where they were soon pronounced dead.
The cause of the crash remained under investigation.
WHITTIER >> Coroner’s officials have released the name of a 33-year-old Long Beach man killed in a motorcycle crash in Whittier on Friday.
Carlos Gomez died at a hospital following the 4:45 p.m. crash on Hadley Street near Court Avenue, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said.
He was riding a Triumph motorcycle westbound when a vehicle turned in front of him, resulting in a collision, according to coroner’s and police officials. Following the initial impact, a second vehicle struck Gomez.
The drivers remained at the scene and cooperated with authorities, Whittier police officials said. The investigation was ongoing.
Friend Mari Mercado said Gomez leaves behind a wife and two children.
Gomez owned American Vintage Barbershop, she said, which has locations in both Long Beach and Whittier. He also served as lead singer of the rockabilly band, “Hi-Strung Ramblers.”
Fans of the band wrote condolences on songs posted on YouTube.
“Sad news today RIP Carlos,” wrote one user. “What a sad loss!!,” posted another.
“Carlos was a gentle soul a caring man (and) friend,” Mari wrote in an email. “He was the sweetest person you’d ever meet.”
Funds to benefit Gomez’s family are being collected online at www.gofundme.com/carlosgomez.
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WHITTIER >> A man died after his motorcycle collided with an SUV along Hadley Street Friday afternoon, police said.
The crash took place about 4:45 p.m. at Hadley Street and Court Avenue, Whittier police Lt. Aaron Ruiz said.
The injured man was taken to a hospital, but died a short time later, he said.
Ruiz said the SUV driver remained at the scene and was cooperating with investigators. No further details were available.
Hadley Street was shut down in both directions as police continued to investigate the scene Friday evening.