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Motorcyclist Killed in Crash on Highway 154 in Los Olivos

By Tom Bolton, Noozhawk Executive Editor | @tombol |

A motorcyclist was killed Friday afternoon when he collided with an SUV in Los Olivos, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The victim was a 61-year-old Shell Beach man who was eastbound on Highway 154 at about 1:40 p.m. when the accident occurred, said CHP Sgt. Perry Heidebrink.

The victim’s name was not released pending notification of relatives.

The collision occurred when a westbound GMC Yukon driven by a 17-year-old Los Olivos boy was turning left onto Alamo Pintado Avenue, Heidebrink said.

The motorcyclist suffered numerous broken bones, but the cause of death “was not obvious,” Heidebrink said, adding that the Santa Barbara County Coroner’s Office is investigating.

The driver of the Yukon, whose name was not released, was not injured, Heidebrink said, and was not cited.

Cause of the accident remained under investigation.

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» on 04.13.13 @ 06:16 AM

One of the harder things to do as a new driver is estimate the speed of an approaching vehicle when making a left turn.  Add to it that it’s a motorcycle and a new driver or any driver with diminished awareness often fails to recognize that the motorcycle is closer and moving faster than it might appear.  I also think, at some primal level in these drivers, a small-looking motorcycle just doesn’t register as a threat to the driver’s safety so they improperly assess the risk involved.

We don’t know from the story what happened exactly, I hope there were independent witnesses to what happened.

» on 04.13.13 @ 12:19 PM

Why wasn’t the Yukon driver cited for failure to yield?

» on 04.14.13 @ 03:07 PM

Hummm, an SUV.  Must be the fault of the type of auto.  I know it must be the fault of the street.  There is clear line of sight here, the report will be of interest.

If the bike was traveling above the speed limit, and the driver was not under the influence, jerking around with friends in the car, or on a phone it looks like a tragedy.

Failure to yield works when everyone was following the rules.  Regardless of the report it is too bad for both sides.

» on 04.17.13 @ 03:35 AM

Ummmm…they probably stated that it was an SUV because….it was an SUV. Would you have a problem with it if it was a VW Bug and they mentioned that? SUV vs. motorcycle = bad.

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