UPDATE: Motorcyclist killed in fatal Highway 14 crash identified

Officers from the California Highway Patrol direct traffic while investigating a fatal crash on the southbound lanes of Highway 14 near Soledad Canyon Rd. that claimed the life of a motorcyclist Sunday afternoon. May 03, 2020. Bobby Block / The Signal.
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The motorcyclist killed in a crash on Highway 14 Sunday has been identified as 64-year-old Leslie Trujillo, of Hacienda Heights, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner.

Trujillo was pronounced dead at the scene from blunt force traumatic injuries, according to the Coroner’s Office.

California Highway Patrol officers responded to reports of a fatal traffic collision involving a motorcycle on Highway 14, just north of Soledad Canyon Road, around 12:15 p.m., according to Officer Peter Nicholson of the CHP Traffic Management office.

“It looks like one person is deceased,” CHP Officer Stephan Brandt said.

“Witnesses say the Harley Davidson-type motorcycle made a hard right-hand turn into the embankment,” CHP Officer Josh Greengard added.

California Highway Patrol officers investigate a fatal motorcycle crash on Highway 14, near Soledad Canyon Road, on Sunday, May 3, 2020. Bobby Block/The Signal

The motorcycle had two occupants — Trujillo driving and a female passenger — out of the Whittier/Hacienda Heights area, and both occupants were ejected upon impact, Greengard said.

Trujillo sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene, while Los Angeles County Fire Department officials transported the woman to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, according to Greengard and fire dispatch supervisor Art Marrujo.

“The female was transported to the hospital with moderate injuries. She was awake at the scene,” Greengard added. 

Traffic was being diverted off at Agua Dulce Canyon Road by CHP officers, as a SigAlert was issued around 12:30 p.m., shutting down all southbound lanes of traffic for at least 30 minutes.

Lane No. 3 was closed for at least two hours while an investigation into the collision was conducted, per CHP Officers Brandt and Nicholson.

Though initial reports suggested two motorcycles were involved in the collision, it was later confirmed to be only one, per Greengard. 

It is unclear why Trujillo made a sharp right turn, and CHP officers are investigating the collision, Greengard added.

Neither speed or alcohol appear to be factors in the investigation, which remains ongoing as of Monday, according to the CHP accident report.

California Highway Patrol officers investigate a fatal motorcycle crash on Highway 14, near Soledad Canyon Road, on Sunday, May 3, 2020. Bobby Block/The Signal

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