Tragic news from Moorpark, as two people are dead in a chain-reaction collision that took the life of a bicyclist and a motorcycle rider.
However, the initial news report from the Ventura County Star, which is no longer available online, suggested that there were two dead at the scene in a collision between car and a motorcycle.
A Saturn Ion driven by woman, who has not been publicly identified, was traveling south on Moorpark south of Tierra Rejada at 55 mph when she slammed into a cyclist riding on the shoulder, then overcorrected to hit the motorcyclist head-on on the opposite side of the road.
Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene.
The road narrows to a single lane south of Tierra Rejada, but has a wide, well-marked shoulder where the first victim was riding.
He was identified this morning as 53-year old Emmy Award-winning sound editor Maciek Malish. KTVA reports he won two Emmys for his work on the X-Files, as well as receiving numerous Emmy nominations. IMDb lists a number of credits dating back to 1987; he was currently working as dialogue editor on the new Westworld TV series.
The other victim was identified 42-year old Fillmore resident Jesse Cushman.
No reason is given for why the driver drifted onto the shoulder at such a high speed, although the description of the wreck suggests some form of distraction, However, it’s still under investigation by the CHP.
This is the 48th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the first in Ventura County.
Update: The Star confirms that investigators suspect that distraction appears to have played a role in the crash.
A CHP spokesman said the driver was apparently looking for something in the car when she swerved off the roadway, but it’s too early in the investigation to determine if the 26-year old woman will be charged.
The paper also notes that both victims were wearing helmets. However, a collision at 55 mph was unlikely to be survivable, with or without one.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for Maciek Malish and Jesse Cushman, and all their loved ones.
Thanks to Lester Walters for the heads-up.
*Because of the Star’s paywall, and KTLA not allowing linkage to a single news story, these stories may be unavailable later.