Lancaster motorcyclist killed in traffic crash

FatalANTELOPE VALLEY – A 32-year-old Lancaster man was killed Monday morning after he lost control of his motorcycle while attempting to pass another vehicle, authorities said.

The fatal traffic collision occurred around 9:35 a.m. Monday (May 20) on Angeles Forest Highway south of Mill Creek Summit, according to a California Highway Patrol report.

Samuel Lee Wright Jr. was riding a 2012 Honda NC700 southbound on Angeles Forest Highway at about 65 to 70 miles per hour, when he attempted to overtake a 2008 Dodge Challenger that was traveling about 30 miles per hour, the report states.

Wright went into the northbound lane across double yellow lines to pass the car, and then swerved back into the southbound lane before riding onto the west shoulder and losing control of his motorcycle, the CHP report states.

Both the motorcycle and the car crashed into the side of the mountain, and rocks came down onto the roadway, according to the report.

Wright was thrown from his motorcycle and he sustained fatal injuries as a result of the collision. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Dodge Challenger struck a rock, which bent its front right rim. However, its driver – 49-year-old Gregory Early Holman Jr. of Lancaster – was not injured in the collision.

  7 comments for “Lancaster motorcyclist killed in traffic crash

  1. Maritza
    September 7, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Been to the scene many times and it still doesn’t make sense. We will never really know what happened. Because my sweetheart is no longer here say!
    Ride with the angels Sam.

  2. Karen
    May 23, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Further confirmation you can’t be too careful on the crest, particularly on a bike. I ride the crest in a car and on a bike, one small error or a moment of impatience is all it takes. I live down the road on Angeles Forest Hwy. We hear sirens several times a week where another motorist wrecks, or worse. Wish people would slow down and take a chill pill.

  3. Citizen of AV
    May 23, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    I drive the forest highway every day and 30 mph is reasonable on the south side of Mill Creek Summit. It was just a matter of time before something like this happen. I constantly see people by trying to pass over the double line on this windy road. The only good part is someone wasn’t coming the other way when he pulled this stupid stunt.

  4. Blank blank
    May 23, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    I just dont see it! They should open an investigation on this!! If this guy had to go over the double yellow lines to pass this guy with the challenger Maybe he wasnt giving the motorcycle room to pass! When ever i see a motorcycle i move over as much as i can to give them room to pass, And really going 30mph with a Challenger? Please! Sounds like BS!!

  5. It's me
    May 22, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    You’ll be truly missed Sam. Truly devastated. He was a cool guy indeed. Many memories.

  6. J. Ripper
    May 22, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Who drives a Challenger at only 30 mph??? That’s a waste of a perfectly good muscle car.

  7. sleepy
    May 21, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    That was my neighbor was a really cool guy r.i.p.neighbor

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