Local man ID’d as motorcycle crash victim


By Jim Holt & Ryan Mancini

Signal Staff Writers

The motorcyclist who died in the hospital Saturday after being airlifted from a traffic collision on Soledad Canyon Road has been identified as 51-year-old Larry Doran, of Santa Clarita.

Officials at the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner posted the deceased man’s identity on the department’s website Monday.

The official manner and cause of Doran’s death is still being investigated by coroner officials. An examination of the body has been scheduled.

At about 11:45 a.m., Saturday, the driver of a 2000 Chevrolet, identified by the investigating California Highway Patrol officer as Erik Wyler, 44, of Santa Clarita, was stopped in a private driveway on the west shoulder of Soledad Canyon Road, south of Agua Dulce Canyon Road.  

The motorcyclist, later identified as Doran, was riding a 2007 Yamaha motorcycle southbound on Soledad Canyon Road, south of Agua Dulce Canyon Road, approaching the Chevrolet, CHP Officer C. Delgado wrote in his report.

Wyler pulled out of the driveway and into the path of the motorcycle.

The motorcycle subsequently struck the left rear of the Chevrolet, causing Doran to be ejected from the motorcycle.

As a result, Doran suffered major injuries and was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Wyler was not injured in the collision, Delgado wrote.

No arrests were made, according to the CHP news release.

The cyclist was reported to be “down in pain,” according to CHP traffic logs.

Los Angeles County Fire Department officials initially responded to reports of a downed motorcyclist at 11:48 a.m. and arrived by 12:02 p.m., according to fire Supervisor Melanie Flores.

The L.A. County Fire helicopter landing zone was located at Acton Conservation Camp No. 11 on Soledad Canyon Road in Acton.

Emily Alvarenga contributed to this report.

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