Fatal motorcycle crash near Lompoc leads to road closure


LOMPOC, Calif .– A motorcyclist was killed in a crash Tuesday afternoon that resulted in the closure of a busy road in the Lompoc Valley.

The accident happened at around 2:50 p.m. near the intersection of Mission Gate and Purisima roads.

According to the California Highway Patrol online incident log, a vehicle and a motorcycle were involved in an accident.

Purisima Road, which is one of the main traffic routes in the Lompoc Valley, was closed between Rucker Road and the Highway 246 roundabout. Mission Gate Road was also closed.

At around 5:25 p.m., all roads were reopened, the CHP said.

Santa Barbara County Fire Captain Daniel Bertucelli said first responders found the motorcyclist on the pavement with serious injuries. Bertucelli said the motorcyclist, identified as a man in his twenties, died at the scene.

The driver of a sedan told officers at the scene that they were attempting to turn left onto Purisima Road from Mission Gate Road.

Meanwhile, the rider was driving on Purisima towards the turning car. For reasons which are under investigation, the rider “put down” his motorcycle and was thrown directly into the path of the vehicle while turning.

The driver of the vehicle was not injured.

The accident is under investigation by the California Highway Patrol. The CHP said drugs or alcohol would not have been a factor in this accident.

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