UPDATE: Fatal Crash Reported on Angeles Crest Highway

SigAlert issued for unknown duration, officials say.

UPDATE, 9:18 p.m.: According to the CHP, one victim has been identified as Patrick Ramirez, 45, of San Dimas. The deceased, a 25-year-old male, has not been identified, pending notification of next of kin.

According to a CHP press release, the unidentified rider was operating a 2000 Kawasaki ZR-7, Ramirez a 2000 Yamaha R6.

The unidentified rider was traveling westbound at an unknown speed while Ramirez was traveling eastbound at 40 miles per hour when, for reasons unknown, the unidentified rider lost control of their motorcycle, was ejected and struck the second motorcycle.

Ramirez was thrown from his motorcycle and collided with the road, sustaining moderate injuries.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.

Previously: One person was injured and one was killed in a motorcycle crash on Angeles Crest Highway Sunday afternoon.

The crash was reported around 1:40 p.m. near mile marker 63.50, according to Tatiana Sauquillo of the California Highway Patrol. What communities reside south of the crash were not disclosed, but scanner reports from Los Angeles County Fire divulged the crash happened before a series of tunnels, which would place the incident possibly above the communities of Azusa and Glendora, before Highway 39.

About five minutes after the call came in, Montrose Search and Rescue team members arrived, Sheriff's Reserve Chief Mike Leum told Patch.

Leum and his SAR partner were the first at the scene, along with Sheriff's Air 5.

One victim was administered CPR and pronounced dead at the scene. Another was transported to Huntington Memorial Hospital, Leum said. 

At 2:38 p.m., CHP issue a Sig Alert for an unknown duration and eastbound and westbound traffic was being turned around.

How many other people may be involved, as well as the circumstances of the crash remain unknown at this time.

Check back with Patch for updates as we get them.

Note: A previous version of this article stated that Los Angeles County Fire arrived at the scene, however rescue crews stated this is incorrect. Patch regrets this error. 

Wayne Burnes May 17, 2012 at 03:46 AM
And your car is not a "potentially deadly instrument." The Crest is dangerous, especially on weekends. Deal with it or don't go there, simple as that.
Joe Bernard May 25, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Wayne, your comments are indicative of a selfish individual. I drive ACH often, daily at times for weeks on end. I am either in one of my sports cars, 900hp twin turbo, or 650hp sedan, primarily my Chrysler beater with only 280hp. Have seen it all. Accidents, fatalities, stupid driving, etc. However, ACH is NOT a speedway. It is not a raceway. it is a beautiful road to enjoy a nice drive and enjoy the scenery. Everyone, whether in a little Chevy or top notch race car has a responsibility to others on the road regardless if it is in the canyon or not. It is much more than accepting the 'dangers' of the road. Many families drive through the canyon and are not interested in accepting the 'risks' or 'dangers' just because they happen to be on a road. How would you feel if you went head on into my lifted 4x4 F350 dually? Inherent risks? Just one of those things? Thing is, not a week goes by without some sort of stupidity on the road, and ACH is more prone to it as so many have a sense of arrogance and indestructibility when in their car or on a bike.
Wayne Burnes May 25, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Joe, I've been riding the Crest since the early seventies. I roadrace motorcycles and ride at 180 mph often. I do it on the track. I don't race up and down the Hwy 2. Most of the guys speeding on bikes up there don't even know what fast is. I used to race up and down the Crest decades ago but, it was a different place then. I've seen a lot over the last 40 years in the Angeles Crest. It's a dangerous place. If you don't like it, don't go there.
William Kauffman July 30, 2012 at 01:31 AM
I am the Las Vegas Resident who reported the Crash at Mile Marker 63.50. I was the first vehicle at the scene and the first one thru to report it. Two groups of Motor cycles passed us as we traveled east bound, and only shortly there after we cam upon the scene. I was glad to see that all the motorcyclist were together at the scene. I am sorry I had to see this, and have thought about it all the way home.
Mary Lenore Kowalewski January 11, 2014 at 02:14 AM
Manuel Morales died at the scene 1/5/2014 The police gave his wife the impression that he got up from the crash and was hit by a car. If you know what really happened, I'm sure she would like to know as would I. He was my friend for over 40 years and died doing what he truly loved. I'll miss you BROTHER!


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