A motorcyclist died in a pre-dawn collision on the 91 Freeway in Riverside on Thursday, July 7, that prompted authorities to close a small portion of the freeway for nine hours.
The crash was reported at 4:47 a.m. in the eastbound lanes west of Pierce Street, the California Highway Patrol said. Results from early in the investigation showed that a Tesla Model Y was headed east in the carpool lane behind a Yamaha V-Star when they collided. The rider was thrown from his motorcycle, said Officer Keith Ballantyne, a CHP spokesman.
The Riverside County Coroner’s Office identified the rider as Marvin Walker, 48, of Lake Elsinore.
The driver of the Tesla was not injured.
The CHP did not know Thursday afternoon whether the Tesla driver was using the autopilot feature at the time of the collision, Ballantyne said.
Debris was scattered across all the lanes. The investigation, which included taking measurements, making diagrams and deploying a drone, shut down the eastbound lanes from Pierce to Magnolia Avenue — the span of one exit — until about 2 p.m. The Pierce off-ramp was closed until 3:30 p.m. while the Tesla was removed from the right shoulder.
The CHP asked any witnesses to call 951-637-8000.