Motorcyclist Killed, 2 Injured in Crash With Moving Van

One motorcyclist was killed and two others riding a second cycle were seriously injured Saturday when the first motorcycle drifted across the center divider and collided with a moving van, said California Highway Patrol officers.

The victim, an unidentified 57-year-old San Bernardino man, drifted across the yellow line on a curved section of the Pearblossom Highway and slammed head-on into the truck. The man's body bounced off the van and struck the driver of the second motorcycle, said CHP Officer Susan Seruga. The crash occurred shortly before 8 p.m. about 20 miles east of Palmdale, Seruga said.

The driver of the second motorcycle, a 44-year-old Highland man who also was not identified, suffered moderate injuries and was taken to Antelope Valley Hospital, Seruga said. His passenger, a 38-year-old woman also from Highland, was taken to Palmdale Hospital Medical Center. She suffered major injuries in the crash, Seruga said.

The driver of the first motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene, she added.

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