PALMDALE – A 47-year-old motorcyclist was killed Tuesday after he passed a vehicle using the dirt shoulder and then went over the side of Angeles Forest Highway, authorities said.
The fatal crash happened around 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, on Angeles Forest Highway, just south of Mt. Emma Road, according to a California Highway Patrol report.
The motorcyclist, whose name has not yet been released, was speeding northbound on a 2007 Kawasaki Ninja along with two other motorcycle riders, the CHP report states.
The two other motorcycle riders passed a motorist on the left “at a very high rate of speed,” while the 47-year-old motorcyclist passed the motorist on the right and on the dirt shoulder, the CHP report states.
The motorcyclist went up and over a dirt berm and then tumbled down a hillside and struck the bottom of a ravine, the CHP report states.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
UPDATED 1/2/14: The deceased has been identified as 47-year-old Kirk Lane of Palmdale, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.