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Motorcyclist hit, killed after taking spill on I-8

February 17, 2001|By KELLY RAUSCH, Staff Writer

MOUNTAIN SPRINGS GRADE — A man traveling east on Interstate 8 was killed Friday when he was thrown from his motorcycle and struck by passing vehicles.

The man, whose name was not available by presstime Saturday, was about one-fifth mile west of Mountain Springs Road when he apparently lost control of his motorcycle and was thrown into the left of the two eastbound lanes.

A tour bus with no passengers traveling at speeds near 60 mph was behind the man on his motorcycle when the driver noticed the bike began wobbling, reported Highway Patrol Officer Miguel Lizarraga.

The bike skidded and struck the mountainside, but the rider fell and was run over by the bus, Lizarraga reported.

A sedan traveling behind the bus also ran over the body and a driver of a second car thinks he may have run over the man's leg. Though the driver of the second vehicle saw the body, the driver was unable to avoid it because of additional traffic, Lizarraga said.

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It was unknown if the motorcyclist survived the initial accident before he was hit by the bus and subsequent vehicles, said county Chief Deputy Coroner Sgt. Rick Macken Friday.

Highway Patrol officers were nearby in the westbound lanes of I-8 at a California Department of Transportation work site and were able to come to the accident scene immediately, Macken said.

The man was declared dead at 12:07 p.m.

Staff Writer Marcy Misner contributed to this story.

Staff Writer Kelly Rausch can be reached at 337-3442.

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