PALMDALE – A 17-year-old motorcycle rider was killed Wednesday night in a traffic crash on the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway, authorities said.
The fatal collision occurred around 8:25 p.m. Nov. 19 on southbound SR-14 near the Pearblossom on-ramp, according to a preliminary report from the California Highway Patrol.
A 17-year-old male, riding a 2000 Yamaha, was entering the freeway from Pearblossom Highway at a high rate of speed; while 29-year-old Deborah Hernandez of Reseda was driving southbound in a 2001 Audi at the stated speed limit of 60 miles per hour, the CHP report states.
“The motorcycle rider crossed over the gore point to enter the freeway. At the same time, Hernandez drove onto the gore point from the #3 lane,” the CHP report states.
“The motorcycle rider applied the brakes and the motorcycle slid out from under the rider. The motorcycle slid on its side and struck the right rear of the Audi,” the CHP report states.
The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision, according to the CHP report. He was identified as Jesse Alan Martinez, 17, of Palmdale, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
CHP officers said at least four vehicles were involved in the incident, but no other injuries were reported.
Thursday morning, investigators were still trying to determine the chain of events involving the other vehicles, according to CHP Officer Thomas.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation, and anyone who may have witnessed this collision is encouraged to contact CHP Officer Ken Wheeler at 661-948-8541.