Motorcycle accidents cast gray clouds over Love Ride

Two separate traffic accidents on the 5 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley left two people dead and two others injured on Sunday, all amid a popular children's charity event that attracts hundreds of motorcycle riders, according to event organizers and the California Highway Patrol.

Authorities and organizers were trying to determine whether the two people killed were taking part in a motorcycle ride from Glendale to Castaic Lake to help raise money for autism research.

"Whether they were or not, this was a tragic accident," said spokeswoman Susan Morrison. "In the 28 years of this event, we've never had a fatality before."

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-- Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times

Photo: Comedian Jay Leno leads the pack at the start of the Love Ride 28 out of the Harley Davidson Glendale store on San Fernando Road on Sunday, October 23, 2011. Credit: Raul Roa / Staff Photographer

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