ANTELOPE VALLEY – A 58-year-old motorcyclist was killed and three others suffered major injuries when a Palmdale teen driver crashed head-on into a group of motorcyclists on a local two-lane road, authorities said.
The fatal collision occurred around 3:10 p.m. Saturday on Elizabeth Lake Road, just east of Godde Hill Road, according to a California Highway Patrol report.
CHP officials said 19-year-old Palmdale resident Jose Gutierrez was recklessly driving a 2001 Infiniti G20 eastbound on Elizabeth Lake Road when the teen lost control of his vehicle and veered into the oncoming lane.
The Infitini collided head-on with three motorcycles headed westbound on Elizabeth Lake Road.
Peter Volden, 58, of Oxnard was killed in the collision, according to the CHP report. Volden was riding a 2006 Yamaha XV 1900.
Patty McBee, 55, and Richard McBee, 60, both of Moorpark, suffered major injuries in the collision, according to the CHP report. The pair was riding on a 2012 Harley-Davidson.
Also critically injured in the collision was 41-year-old motorcyclist Danny Rincon of Westlake Village, who was riding a 2012 Yamaha.
Gutierrez was arrested in connection with the crash and jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail, according to the Palmdale Station jail. The teen is due in court Tuesday to face possible charges.
Volden had been riding for about six years and had worked for the federal government for more than 30 years, according to his member page on the Motorcycle Riders Club of America website.
UPDATED 10/22/13: Jose Gutierrez has been charged with manslaughter and three other felony counts. He faces up to eight years in state prison, if convicted. Read more at: Teen charged with manslaughter in motorcycle crash
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UPDATED 12/4/13: Palmdale teen ordered to trial in fatal motorcycle crash