Lake Elsinore motorcyclist killed after colliding with several cars – Orange County Register


ANAHEIM HILLS  A 63-year-old motorcylist from Lake Elsinore died Friday after hitting the back of one car, being struck by a second and hitting a third car after his motorcycle went out-of-control on the 91 freeway, officials from California Highway Patrol said Sunday.

The crash was reported to CHP at 9:48 p.m. Friday when the motorcyclist, identified as James Schafer, was seen splitting the number one and two lanes on the eastbound 91 freeway near Imperial Highway at a speed faster than the flow of traffic, said CHP Officer Brianna Dotson.

Schafer first struck the back of a 2014 Toyota Corolla at approximately 75 mph., Dotson said.

The Corolla had slowed because it was behind a 2014 Honda that had slowed for an unknown reason, Dotson said.

After striking the back of the Corolla, Schafer’s motorcycle went out of control and was hit by a car driven by Jorge Herrera, 38, of Santa Ana, who was driving in the next lane over at 65 mph, Dotson said. Then the motorcycle hit the Honda.

Schafer suffered major trauma and was taken to Orange County Global Medical Center, where he died from his injuries, Dotson said.

None of the other drivers was injured and no one was arrested, Dotson said.

Any witnesses to the crash are asked to call Santa Ana CHP at  714-567-6000.


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