Motorcyclist on 210 Freeway Thrown From Motorcycle, Killed

Published : Tuesday, July 16, 2019 | 4:16 PM


[UPDATED: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 | 9:31 a.m.]  The motorcycle rider who died has been identified by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroners office as Douglas Thatcher, aged 58, of Riverside, Calif.


A motorcycle rider in his 50′s was killed on the I-210 Freeway westbound just west of Hill Avenue in Pasadena about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday when he struck a car, was thrown from his motorcycle and run over by big rig.

The man, who has not been identified pending notification of next of kin, was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:45 p.m. today, according to a coroners official.

California Highway Patrol Officer Vince Ramirez said the “motorcycle rider was traveling westbound and he was splitting lanes between the carpool lane and the number one lane. So at one point, his motorcycle made contact with a Volkswagen Beetle and the motorcycle rider was thrown off his motorcycle.”

Ramirez said a semi-trailer traveling in the number two or the number three lane “wasn’t able to stop his truck and subsequently struck the motorcycle rider who was on the pavement.”

Ramirez pointed out that lane splitting is legal in California.

Authorities said the female driver of the Volkswagen and the man driving the big rig both suffered minor injuries.

Online CHP traffic logs show the SigAlert for the carpool lane and three other lanes was canceled at 3:35 p.m.

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