The motorcycle rider was traveling in the carpool lane and his wife was traveling on another motorcycle when the accident occurred. The rider who has been identified by the Riverside County Coroners Office as Leonard Vernon Maxwell III was fatally injured after he struck a tow hitch that was lying on the road and lost control and fell from the motorcycle and was then struck by an SUV.
The accident occurred at approximately 11:00 p.m. and according to the California Highway Patrol the SUV was traveling in the fast lane at the time of the fatal injury. Maxwell’s wife attempted to help him, but could not reach the rider prior to the SUV hitting him.
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