Fatal Motorcycle Accident Closes Pasadena 110 Freeway

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Two lanes of the northbound 110 Freeway were recently temporarily shut down following a motorcycle crash that left a man dead and a motorist under arrest on suspicion of felony hit-and-run.

The California Highway Patrol reports the crash took place just south of Vernon Avenue in the Vermont Square section of central Los Angeles around 11:15 p.m.

Motorcycle rider on freeway swerved left, was struck by a motorist

According to the preliminary accident report, a 53-year-old Compton man had just reached the Vernon Avenue off-ramp on his 1979 Honda motorcycle when he inexplicably swerved left, striking a concrete curb, causing him to fly off the bike. The CHP has offered no explanation for the motorist’s actions. Several vehicles then hit the motorcyclist. Then, a driver of a 2002 Lexus RS300 lost control of his vehicle and hit a guardrail.

CHP reports motorcycle rider hit several times in freeway accident

According to the CHP report, after he was hit several times, the man’s body ended up on the shoulder of the Vernon Avenue off-ramp. He died at the scene, CHP Officer Cheyenne Quesada said. His name was withheld pending family notification.

The driver, a 49-year-old man from Hawthorne driving the 2002 Lexus RS300 fled the scene but was later found and arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run after CHP officers searched the area.

There is no immediate information regarding the condition of the other drivers who hit the motorcyclist.

The crash remains under investigation by the CHP.

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