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Biker Killed Near School

Posted: February 5, 2008 11:27 a.m.
Updated: April 7, 2008 2:01 a.m.

The motorcycle of a 25-year-old man lays in the foreground as Coroner's officials load his body into a van in the background Monday afternoon in Canyon Country. Sheriff's deputies survey the scene in the background, as well.

A 25-year-old motorcyclist was killed Monday in Newhall after hitting a cement mixer truck near Golden Valley High School. It was the second fatal motorcycle accident in the area in a week.

The collision occurred around 9:35 a.m. at the intersection of Golden Valley Road and Robert C. Lee Parkway, according to Sgt. Richard Cohen of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

The motorcyclist, who was identified only as a white man possibly from out of state, was going northbound on Golden Valley when he struck the right side of the truck, which was turning left onto Robert C. Lee Parkway from the southbound side of Golden Valley.

Officials could not confirm at the time if the rider was the registered owner of the motorcycle.

The motorcyclist was apparently dragged about 30 feet by the truck, and died at the scene. The driver of the truck, who was en route to a construction site in the area, did not appear to be injured but was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital for evaluation. His name was not available.

There was no word yet on the cause of the crash. Cohen said that witness statements, speed assessments, and toxicology tests will be examined over the next few days, which will help deputies determine why the collision happened and who was at fault.

The collision closed down both sides of Golden Valley Road until 1 p.m. Monday. Nearby Golden Valley High School was placed on "closed" status during the incident in order to restrict foot and vehicle traffic through the area while deputies conducted their investigation.

Four of the last five fatal road collisions in the city of Santa Clarita have involved motorcycles, according to Cohen, including an incident just one week ago in which Kyle Seaholm, 20, was killed when his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck on Camp Plenty Road in Canyon Country.

In response, Cohen said he and other deputies are looking at ways to promote motorcycle safety and prevent more collisions from happening.

"The number of crashes we've had tells us we have to figure out what we will do to combat this," Cohen said.

He and Capt. Anthony La Berge plan to outline their ideas during a presentation at the Santa Clarita City Council meeting on Feb. 14. Previously the presentation was going to focus mainly on bicycle safety.


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