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Fatal Accident No. 3 on Reopened Angeles Crest Highway

Three people have died in car or motorcycle crashes since the Angeles Crest Highway reopened earlier this month.

One motorcyclist is dead and another injured after two wrecks on the Angeles Crest Highway Sunday afternoon, authorities said Monday.

Lt. Angela Shepherd of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department said the fatality occurred at mile marker 57 of the Angeles Crest Highway, and the injury accident happened at mile marker 47.

Killed was a 35-year-old Fontana resident whose identity is pending release upon family notification, said Officer Chad Kaplan of the California Highway Patrol. The man was riding a 2007 Honda Motorcycle eastbound on State Route 2, west of Cloud Burst Summit at a high rate of speed, Kaplan said. The man failed to negotiate a left-hand curve and ran off the roadway onto paved asphalt shoulder. 

The bike overturned and the man was ejected; both he and the motorcycle careened down a steep embankment. The motorist was pronounced dead at the scene, he said. In addition to the CHP, L.A. County Sheriff's Department, The U.S. Forest Service and L.A. County Fire Department responded.

The accident is the third in the three weeks since the .  The happened on June 10 in the early morning hours when a 21-year-old lost control and crashed into a tree.  The just 12 hours later, after a 48-year-old Monterey Park resident drove his car off a section of the highway, and fell 500 feet before coming to rest.

As for Sunday's non-fatal accident at mile marker 47, Kaplan said he does not have the information yet but will release it as soon as he receives it. Shepherd said the injured motorcyclist also went over the side of the embankment.

Leslie Aitken June 21, 2011 at 04:01 PM
How many lives need to be lost before something is done? Perhaps some stop signs need to be put up with cameras attached, in order to slow traffic, or speed bumps on the dangerous curves? Ask the families of the dead people if they agree.
Robby June 21, 2011 at 04:50 PM
Sounds to me like Darwin in action. Maybe word about their fatalities will be the best deterrent to future idiotic behavior on the 2.
True Freedom June 21, 2011 at 05:22 PM
@Leslie: I understand your concern, but as a person who was born with the "adrenaline gene", I'm convinced we will never be able to protect people from themselves. On twisty mountain roads, the best we can do is ensure the road design is safe (no decreasing radius turns, proper banking), that there is proper signage to warn of turns/hazards, and put up a guard rail (which, in some cases, can cause more injury). In college, I used to take my sportscar out late at night to a twisty mountain road and go as fast as I could. It was exciting, it helped burn off some tension, etc. There were many close calls... but it never slowed me down. There will be accidents for adrenaline junkies, and some will pay the ultimate price.
yeahian June 21, 2011 at 05:47 PM
I longboard ACH occasionally, GMR, Chantry, Chaney Trail, Highway 330 when it was closed and it is a ton of fun. There is nothing quite like hitting 50 mph in the mountains on a longboard. I'm sure itt is the same for the motorcyclists. I try to avoid most popular spots on the weekends because of inexperienced idiot drivers and inexperienced motorcyclists. These weekend warriors are a danger. Though they have every right to take these risks some are gonna die. Its not easy to kep your cool and to "control" a crash. Then there are the freak events which you can't control, like squirrels running under your board, or deer... Stupid Shit happens you gotta be ready for it! Though signage and all of that is helpful for the occassional driver, for people racing in the mts there is no excuse to not knowing the road like the back of the hand prior to pushing your limits on it!
lonnie fehr June 21, 2011 at 09:54 PM
hwy 2 ,, has been bad 4 years , mostly motorcycles ie crotch rockets ,, racing up / down . ive seen couple pics of accidents motorcycles not pretty ...... if go to youtube type in hwy 2 / angeles crest ,, lot of videos showing idiots racing it ..
Leslie Aitken June 21, 2011 at 10:39 PM
Freedom -- it has been proven that psychologically, some people have more of a need for excitement. These people are the ones best suited for extreme sports, becoming EMTs, emergency room personnel and the highest stress/adrenaline using job -- obstetricians. An automobile is a deadly weapon. In the hands of a reckless person possibly suicidal. The idea is to focus the need for extreme thrill into a positive outlet -- not one that can take out others -- and affect others.....the family members left behind and the ones that have to scrape you off of the mountain side.
yeahian June 22, 2011 at 03:30 AM
A lot of the time iyt is some idiot with his family making a illegal u turn in a blind corner as well. That happens quite often. And this whole adrenaline junkie thing is not totally true. In my case and and in the case of a the couple Indy drivers its more of a Zen/focused feeling. The adrenalin comes when something goes wrong.
navigio June 22, 2011 at 06:49 AM
the fear of death is no deterrent for those who take these risks. the only possible deterrent is realizing what others, not oneself, have to lose as a result of one's mistakes. sometimes only a close call can bring someone to that realization. unfortunately sometimes not even that is enough..
Giano Felbertino August 12, 2011 at 02:20 AM
Adrenaline junkies, squids, and drunks had better not cross the line into my path. If you cross over and take me out my friends will hunt you down. If you can't stay in your own lane you don't deserve to be up there and you'd better hope the cops stop you for your own sake.

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