November 13, 2013
LAKE ELSINORE — Authorities with the California Highway Patrol have identified the man killed in a Lake Elsinore motorcycle crash on Saturday.
24-year-old Adrian Cervantes, a resident of Fontana, was killed in the wreck at around 10:55 a.m.
According to reports, Cervantes was heading east at approximately 60-65 miles per hour on Ortega Hwy.
These speeds have been deemed unsafe by the CHP, and are cited by the CHP as the reason that when Cervantes attempted to negotiate a curve in the road on his Honda motorcycle, he crossed the double yellow line.
Once on the other side of the road, Cervantes collided head-on with a 1995 Chevrolet pickup truck.
Cervantes was declared dead on-scene, while the pickup truck driver was not charged with any crime in the matter.
Ortega Hwy was closed for two hours during the investigation.
One of the most upsetting aspects of this story is that it was completely preventable. It is a feeling like no other to harness the power of a high performance sportbike, and unwinding the engine on a road like Ortega Hwy makes danger all the more palpable. It is important for us to remember that on public roads we are seldom alone, and for this reason we must always contain our bikes to a safe position on the road. There is a time and a place for pushing the limits of your bike, and that is on the track. Living in California makes it almost irresistible to get out and enjoy the thrill of riding on our many back-country highways, but so long as we're riding on public roads we should always keep a buffer of control. When on the track go wild, because a mistake will more often mean a trip sliding through the sand than into oncoming traffic. The San Bernardino motorcycle accident lawyers offer our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the fallen rider, and we beg our readers to please be careful out there.