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Collision Kills Local Motorcyclist

Posted: January 29, 2008 3:46 a.m.
Updated: March 31, 2008 2:01 a.m.

Kyle Seahold, 20, was killed when he apparently lost control of his motorcycle and crashed into a Dodge pickup truck on Camp Plenty Road on Monday.

A 20-year-old man was killed Monday afternoon after his motorcycle smashed into a pickup truck on Camp Plenty Road in Canyon Country.

Sheriff's deputies said that Kyle Seahold, who lived on nearby Carvel Drive, was traveling northbound on Camp Plenty Road just north of Nadal Street at 3:33 p.m. when his Yamaha motorcycle crossed over to the southbound lane and collided head-on with a Dodge pickup, which was heading southbound.
Seahold died at the scene.
The driver of the pickup, whose name was not available, possibly suffered minor injuries and was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital for evaluation.
The cause of the collision was not immediately known. Seahold, who was wearing a helmet, apparently lost control of his vehicle on an uphill curve. Capt. Anthony La Berge of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said speed may have been a factor.
However, witnesses at the scene said that Seahold's speed did not seem excessive and speculated that he may have skidded on palm tree debris on the road, or may not have been familiar with the vehicle, which he had apparently borrowed from a friend.
Dozens of friends and relatives, including Seahold's father and brother, gathered at the scene, distraught.
Camp Plenty Road between Nadal and Rosamond Drive was completely shut down for several hours while Sheriff's deputies conducted an investigation.
A friend of Seahold's, who asked that his name be withheld, said that he used to work with Seahold at The Hobby People several months ago, but Seahold was currently training to be a paramedic at a school in the San Fernando Valley.
La Berge said that the majority of road-related fatalities in the Santa Clarita Valley involve motorcycles, and that the Sheriff's Station is going to implement a new public information campaign to educate motorists about motorcycle safety.


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