PALMDALE – A 26-year-old motorcyclist was killed Wednesday after he collided with an SUV in east Palmdale, authorities said.
Nicholas Lanzetta of West Hills was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred around 11:52 a.m. Wednesday on Avenue S near 47th Street East, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
Lanzetta was riding his motorcycle eastbound on Avenue S when he collided with an SUV that was exiting the Walmart shopping center onto Avenue S, Sheriff’s officials said.
The SUV’s driver was taken away in a patrol car, but no arrests were made in connection with the collision.
Traffic on Avenue S was blocked off from 47th to 50th Street East for more than three hours to allow for the investigation.
No further information was released as of 6 p.m. Wednesday.
The Jeep Cherokee broadsided the Yamaha motorcycle
The following is the LASD press release on the fatal collision:
On Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at approximately 11:48 AM, personnel from the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station responded to a report of a vehicle vs motorcycle collision at the intersection of Avenue S and the Wal Mart Shopping Center parking lot exit within the incorporated area of the City of Palmdale.
The preliminary facts of this investigation indicated a black Yamaha motorcycle was E/B [eastbound in the] #1 lane of Avenue S approaching the intersection of the north exit of the Wal Mart shopping center parking lot, when a gold 2005 Jeep Cherokee was northbound in the parking lot.
The Jeep stopped for the stop sign at the entrance onto Avenue S and started to drive across the E/B [eastbound] lanes of Avenue S. The Jeep broadsided the Yamaha and the motorcyclist was ejected onto the pavement. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene by Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel. Alcohol or speed were not a factor in this collision.
E/B and W/B Avenue S was closed to routine traffic between the intersections of 47th Street East and Harlequin Way until approximately 2:55 p.m. while this incident was being investigated. This incident remains under investigation by the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station traffic detail.
SUV driver’s license NOT suspended
Officials from the Palmdale Sheriff Station’s Traffic Unit have stated that neither of the motorists involved in this collision were driving with a suspended license; both parties had clean driving records; and neither speeding nor alcohol was a factor. Additionally, no arrests were made in connection with the collision. We have removed all comments that run contrary to this information, because it is against our rules to post “false information.” We appreciate your understanding.