Rancho Santa Margarita man killed in Ortega Highway crash

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Article Date: 5/12/2009 | Resource: MLG

Rancho Santa Margarita man killed in Ortega Highway crash

“Motorcyclist was unable to avoid car that turned left in front of him, CHP says.”

A Rancho Santa Margarita man was not able to avoid a car as it turned left in front of him on the Ortega (74) Highway, throwing the 30-year-old rider from his motorcycle, authorities said.

Dario Moreno, the rider, was taken to Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar after the accident Saturday but died about an hour later.
The crash occurred at 11:42 a.m., when Moreno was riding westbound on the highway near The Lookout Roadhouse, a restaurant and bar located about four miles from Grand Avenue and Ortega Highway in Lake Elsinore, said California Highway Patrol officer Ron Thatcher.

Skyler York, an 18-year-old man who was driving a 1995 Honda Civic, was driving eastbound on the highway and made a left-hand turn in front of Moreno, Thatcher said.

Moreno hit the passenger’s side of the car and was thrown from his motorcycle.

York was not injured in the impact.

Neither drugs nor alcohol are believed to have played a role in the collision, Thatcher said. No arrests or citations were made, and investigators are still looking into the crash, he said.
Moreno was pronounced dead at 12:37 p.m.

Jessie Brunner of Costa Mesa was friends with Moreno and his family. Moreno had a pilot’s license and enjoyed flying, Brunner said. She and her husband once flew with Moreno in a small plane.

Brunner described Moreno as a warm and caring person.
“He was just always very giving of himself,” she said. “He was quiet-natured, extremely kind-hearted and extremely selfless. He was always very gracious.”

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