Man and woman killed in Pasadena motorcycle crash identified


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.

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Man and woman killed after motorcycle collides with car in Pasadena


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.

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Long Beach business owner, musician killed in Whittier motorcycle crash identified


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.
1001_NWS_WDN-L-MCIDHe 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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Motorcyclist killed in Whittier crash


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.

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La Verne man killed in Glendora motorcycle crash identified


GLENDORA >> Coroner’s officials Sunday identified a 23-year-old La Verne man who died after his motorcycle collided with two cars along Arrow Highway Saturday afternoon.
Nathan Puga died in the 12:04 p.m. crash on westbound Arrow Highway, just east of Sunflower Avenue, in an unincorporated county area near Glendora, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Investigator Betsy Magdaleno said.
He was riding a 2015 Kawasaki Ninja at about 80 mph in the left-hand lane just before the fatal collision, Officer K. Croxford of the California High Patrol’s Baldwin Park area office said in a written statement. In front of him was a 2010 Volkswagen Passat traveling at about 10 mph, having just made a left turn onto Arrow Highway from a parking lot.
“ Due to Puga’s unsafe speed, he was unable to maintain control of his vehicle and struck the left side of the Volkswagen Passat,” Croxford said. “The force of his impact caused Puga to veer to right before the Kawasaki overturned onto its left side.”
The motorcycle and rider then slid into the rear of a 2004 Volkswagen Jetta stopped along the curb.
Paramedics pronounced Puga dead at the scene, officials said. Neither driver was injured.
The investigation was ongoing, and witnesses are encouraged to contact the CHP’s Baldwin Park area office at 626-338-1164.

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Motorcyclist killed in crash on Arrow Highway in Glendora


GLENDORA >> A young man died in a motorcycle crash on Arrow Highway in Glendora Saturday afternoon, officials said.
The motorcycle collided with another vehicle just after noon in the westbound lanes of Arrow Highway at Sunflower Avenue, in an unincorporated county area just outside of Glendora, California Highway Patrol Officer Alex Rubio said.
The rider, described as a man in his early-20s, died at the scene, Rubio said.
Officials shut down the westbound lanes of Arrow Highway at Strawberry Lane as investigators continued working at the scene Saturday afternoon.
No further details were available.

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UPDATED: Motorcyclist killed in Angeles Crest Highway crash


ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST >> A 27-year-old Fontana man died early Sunday after his motorcycle collided head-on with an SUV on Angeles Crest Highway, deep in the Angeles National Forest above Altadena.
The crash was first reported about 8:25 a.m. at mile marker 36.89 of Angeles Crest Highway, north of Ladybug Canyon Road, California Highway Patrol officials said. His name was not released pending family notification.
The rider was heading east on Angeles Crest Highway on a 2013 Yamaha R6 at an unknown speed just prior to the collision, CHP Sgt. Todd Kovaletz said in a written statement. A 2001 GMC Yukon was heading in the opposite direction.
“For an unknown reason, (the rider) drove across the painted double yellow lines into the opposing lane, directly into the path of the GMC,” the sergeant said. “(He) collided with the roadway, then with the GMC.”
Paramedics pronounced the motorcyclist dead at the scene.
The driver of the SUV, a 40-year-old Hanford man, as well as a woman and three children riding as passengers were not injured, Kovaletz said.
The crash is being investigated by the CHP’s Altadena office. Anyone with information was asked to contact Officer J. Ortega at 626-296-8100.

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Head-on crash between motorcycle, fire truck on Glendora Ridge Road caught on helmet cam


ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST >> A helmet camera video showing a motorcyclist colliding head-on with a fire truck on a mountain road north of Glendora two months ago has gone viral since being uploaded online nearly three weeks ago.
The video of the April 1 crash on Glendora Ridge Road has been viewed nearly 175,00 times on YouTube as of Wednesday afternoon.
In the video’s description, the rider, Jesse Lopez, said he had no memory of the crash.

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19-year-old motorcyclist killed in Pasadena crash


PASADENA >> A motorcyclist died Sunday in a collision with another vehicle at a Pasadena intersection, officials said.
The name of the motorcyclist was not released Sunday pending notification of his family, Los Angeles County coroner Investigator Kimberly Arnold said. Police initially described him as 19 years old.
Paramedics pronounced the motorcyclist dead at the scene of the 1:38 p.m. crash on Del Mar Boulevard and Meredith Avenue, Arnold said.
Initial investigation indicated the motorcyclist was heading east on Del Mar Boulevard when he collided with a vehicle making a left turn from southbound Meredith Avenue onto eastbound Del Mar Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
The cause of the crash remained under investigation, he said. No arrests had been made Sunday afternoon, and no further details were available.

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Woodland Hills man killed in Angeles National Forest motorcycle crash

ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST >> A Woodland Hills man died over the weekend after his motorcycle tumbled off a mountain road and down an embankment deep in the Angeles National Forest north of the San Gabriel Valley, authorities said.
William Lyles Adkins, 23, died in the solo-motorcycle crash, which took place about 12:20 p.m. Saturday near mile marker 56 of Angeles Crest Highway, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. Fred Corrall said.
He was riding a 2003 Suzuki dual sport motorcycle east on Angeles Crest Highway prior to the fatal crash, California Highway Patrol officials said in a written statement.
“For reasons unknown, (Adkins) veered from the roadway and down a 100-foot embankment,” according to the statement. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the CHP’s Altadena area office at 626-296-8100.

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