PALMDALE — A motorcyclist was pronounced dead and two other bikers were transported to hospital Sunday afternoon after their bikes were allegedly struck from behind on Pearblossom Highway.
The driver of the black sedan that allegedly struck the bikers remained at the scene and declined medical attention.
Firefighters from L.A. County Fire Station 131 arrived on the scene of the crash early afternoon Sunday, at the intersection of Pearblossom Highway and 40th Street East. “About five minutes later” an engine from Station 93 was dispatched to provide more manpower and administer first aid, fire Capt. David Parigan said.
According to preliminary observations, a black sedan plowed into the three bikers while they were at a complete stop at the intersection.
“Based on the description from one of the survivors, they were at a complete stop and were rear-ended,” Parigan said.
The deceased was described only as a male in his 50s. His identity was not immediately available. Another biker was taken to an unknown hospital by first responders from Station 131, while the third was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital.
“We helped with that patient,” Parigan said. “He had some obvious fractures to the lower extremities.”
The driver of the black sedan “was not transported and declined medical attention at the scene,” Parigan said. It wasn’t immediately known whether the driver — whom Parigan described only as an “adult male, not a teenager” — would be facing any charges in the crash.
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Parigan said he observed “some skid marks, but not much.” Whether this indicates that the driver of the sedan tried to break right before he allegedly rear-ended the trio of bikers will be determined during the course of the investigation. L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Palmdale Station traffic detectives are handling the investigation.
The stretch of Pearblossom Highway where the incident occurred is prone to accidents, according to Parigan, who added that it was near another “dangerous intersection,” 25th Street East and Pearblossom Highway.