Huntington Beach Police are investigating a fatal collision on Beach Boulevard near Adams Avenue on Wednesday that resulted in the death of a motorcyclist and hospitalization of a 90-year-old motorist, police reported.
The incident occurred shortly before 4:30 p.m., when the victim – described as a 54-year-old man from Stanton – was riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle northbound on Beach Boulevard and collided with a traveling Toyota RAV-4 south and attempting to make a left turn through traffic just north of Adams, according to a statement released Thursday.
At the time of the collision, the vehicle was in a left-turn pocket which HBPD spokeswoman Jennifer Carey said was not protected by a traffic light. The driver of the RAV-4 has been identified as a 90-year-old man from Huntington Beach.
When officers arrived at the scene, they found the already deceased motorcyclist. The other motorist was injured in the impact and was taken to a nearby hospital, but was released Thursday afternoon, Carey confirmed. It is not known whether drugs or alcohol may have played a role in the crash.
As of Thursday afternoon, the Orange County coroner’s office had yet to release the identity of the motorcyclist, pending notification from next of kin.
Wednesday’s incident marks the second fatal collision in Huntington Beach involving a motorcyclist in recent weeks. Meghan Wautlet, 22, of Huntington Beach, died on September 11 after the Harley Davidson she was driving with John Murray III, 21, also a resident of the city, collided with a vehicle making a U-turn legal on the Pacific. Coast Highway near Bolsa Chica State Beach.
Police determined that the motorcycle was traveling at high speed at the time of the incident. Murray was hospitalized with significant injuries, while Wautlet was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Huntington Beach Police Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team is investigating Wednesday’s collision. Anyone who may have information about the incident or the events leading up to it are encouraged to contact HBPD Traffic Investigator Doug Demetre at (714) 536-5670 or Investigator Vishal Rattanchandani at (714) 536-5231.
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